Chris Collins Era Begins Tuesday

After Duke lost in the Elite Eight on Sunday, Chris Collins can formally begin his work in Evanston.

Chris Collins will formally introduce himself to the Northwestern community Tuesday at 11 a.m., per an NU Athletic Communications press release.

With Duke out of the NCAA Tournament, Collins can focus on his head-coaching position. This rebuilding process begins immediately.

Collins needs to convince Drew Crawford – who has one year of eligibility remaining – to stay at NU. Though it seems unlikely that the senior leader will leave Evanston, Collins should take no risks in retaining Crawford.

As well, Collins faces his first recruiting battle in the coming weeks. Three-star point guard Jaren Sina re-opened his recruitment following the dismissal of Bill Carmody.

Sina told Purple Wildcats on Saturday that his first communication with Collins went extremely well. The two spoke for about 40 minutes, and Sina still has the Wildcats in his final four options. He will also consider Alabama, Seton Hall and Indiana. In his pursuit, coaches will have to take into account the imposed "dead periods."

Three-star forward Nate Taphorn will very likely maintain his commitment to NU. The versatile forward could fit in especially well with the Collins offense, given his strong shooting ability.

Collins will likely address some of these topics and more on Tuesday morning. The hiring generated significant hype, and earned a mention during CBS coverage of Duke-Louisville on Sunday night. For the most part, this decision has earned rave reviews, with many experts citing this being a great "fit" for both Collins and the NU program.

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