NU Basketball Recruiting Notes

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FORT WAYNE, Ind.— Here are some notes on Northwestern targets from the Spiece Run N Slam tournament this weekend. Purple Wildcats was on hand to see them in action.

Josh Cunningham of Morgan Park (Ill.) heard from Northwestern near the end of his senior season. Though Cunningham said he liked how the Princeton offense fit his game–which makes sense–the 6-7 forward continues to hear from the Wildcats and assistant head coach Tavaras Hardy. Cunningham absolutely dominated in his Mac Irvin Fire (AAU) team matchup with NLP last night. He went an unbelievable 13-of-13, scoring 32 points in the process. Chicago hoops expert Scott Burgess said it was the best AAU game Cunningham has played. He currently holds offers from Iowa, Nebraska, Oklahoma and South Carolina but that number should pick up. Expect the call from NU, as Cunningham's game looks like the perfect fit.

Marcus Bartley of MacArthur (Ill.) tested his game against the formidable Spiece Indy Heat team, which also boasts Trevon Bluiett. Bartley seemed off-balance at times, and hardly looks like he'll be a consistent scorer at the D-1 level. Still, he's an excellent defender and clear floor general. It was interesting to see him compete with top guys, and although he might not be boasting tens of offers, coaches–like Collins–understand Bartley's immense potential.

— The Wildcats are certainly trying to grab Bluiett's attention. He could be the program-turner, and was among the top five players in the entire tournament. His perimeter ability and shutdown defense makes him the complete player. NU will have to face stiff competition for every recruit; it's natural that this would be the case. This marked another example of Collins' lofty aspirations. Bluiett told me he certainly appreciated the offer, and he's not ruling it out. That would, as one person said, be "reason to streak" for NU fans. He's an unbelievable player.

Evan Boudreaux is still near the top of the Wildcats' 2015 priorities. The 6-7 power forwards owns several "plus" qualities, including his dynamite jump shot and consistent hustle play—even in the AAU circuit. He's not the perfect player and might struggle to match up against particularly strong opponents. Still, he's another name to watch as the 2015 class takes shape. And that will happen shortly.

A.J. Turner was inconsistent at times this weekend, which is understandable considering the rough schedule at Spiece. Turner attends De La Salle (Mich.), home of former NU player Alex Marcotullio. He's a 6-6 shooting guard whose length forces opponents to play around his solid defense and has a plus shot. But he struggles from the free-throw line, and can be passive on the offensive end. He's an interesting case and someone the Wildcats are squarely focused on. His potential will have them watching, and he'll likely visit campus sometime this summer to meet with Chris Collins.

Jordan Ash, one of Scout's Top-10 point guards in the 2015 class, has maintained contact with Tavaras Hardy. The Cats offered last July, trying to show their support for the Illinois Wolves U16 talent. With the 2014 class a priority, Hardy is honest with Ash: His attention will come. They're committed to his recruitment, but need to work out Collins' inaugural class. Ash sprained his ankle late in the tournament, but showed his slashing ability on Saturday. He's another local prospect to watch.

Purple Wildcats will have much, much more analysis of Northwestern basketball recruiting throughout the week.

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