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.
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.