Baldwin another exceptional fit

Steven Goldstein breaks down the bio of Patrick Baldwin in this Purple Wildcats premium update.

PurpleWildcats.com reported on Thursday morning that Patrick Baldwin will be the final addition to the Northwestern coaching staff under Collins. Steven Goldstein takes note of his important stops:

Brian James touts NBA experience. Tavaras Hardy knows NU inside and out. With the addition of Patrick Baldwin, Chris Collins' staff adds another dimension: small program experience. Here are three things to know about the newest Wildcat staffer.

— He's a former Cat: Baldwin flourished in white and purple, leading the Wildcats from 1990-94. As a freshman, Baldwin topped the Big Ten with 3.2 steals per game and lead the program in career swipes and assists at the time of his graduation. He's a natural fit for a Collins, who specialized in the backcourt while at Duke. Baldwin maxed out at 14 dishes in one game, making him a great candidate to coach Dave Sobolewski this year. Under his tutelage, Loyola guards J.R. Blount and Blake Schilb became two of the best players in the Horizon League.

— He's made a career in the Midwest: Baldwin was a business analyst in Rosemont, Ill. after graduation before enjoying stints at University of Wisconsin - Green Bay, Lincoln University, Missouri State and Loyola. At Green Bay, Baldwin organized recruiting efforts. While at Loyola, he helped pace the team to NCAA recognition for academic progress rate.

— He was an all-star in Croatia: Baldwin played professionally overseas, starting in Bosnia before notching over 17 points a game in the Croatian Federation League. His KK Zadar team made the finals in 2002 and reached the playoffs every season he was on the roster.

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Baldwin's a natural fit for this staff. Collins has continued to emphasize the importance of a Northwestern family, and bringing in an alum who still holds program records means a lot.

Baldwin's defensive work with backcourt players aligns with Collins' Duke experience, and his local ties to Loyola and recruiting experience at Green Bay will serve him well.

It lacks the name recognition of rumored candidates Greg Paulus and Jon Scheyer, but this is a nice fit for Collins and Co. Northwestern's staff has rounded out quicker than expected.


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