Basketball Recruiting Notes

This Purple Wildcats Insider update details an intense week of Northwestern basketball recruiting.

Tavaras Hardy and Chris Collins attended the Los Angeles portion of the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League. Also in attendance were Northwestern targets Vic Law and Paul White — both members of the "Mean Streets" team. Law met with Collins last Thursday, and his NU offer (from Bill Carmody) stands. White visited campus on Saturday. Both are 4-star prospects who would revitalize any program.

— Law, a top-15 small forward according to Scout.com rankings, enjoyed his meeting with Collins. He highlighted the unique qualities of this program. Collins completely departs from the "old" system, and instead designs his offense to best fit his roster. Law complimented Collins for being a "players' coach, and praised his future plans for the program. All looks good on this front.

— Collins went and offered point guard Marcus Bartley, which is something to watch especially considering the loss of Jaren Sina. Bartley – the lanky floor general – is gaining interest from several programs. He needs to bulk up and improve his midrange game, but could be an asset in the team building process.

— Collins met with 2013 commit Nate Taphorn for two hours last Thursday — the same day he met with Law. Taphorn loved the visit, and said he appreciated the recent publicity efforts from his new head coach. Taphorn just might be the greatest beneficiary from this hire. He arrives with four – or five – years to learn from Collins. Also, he'll avoid the Princeton offense adjustment process. There's no doubt Taphorn will fit into plans. He's an outstanding shooter for his size.

Purple Wildcats will have more updates as the recruiting season progresses, and as the target list grows. Stay tuned.


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