Bartley, Law highlight top looks for NU

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Marcus Bartley still appears to be an early favorite to join Collins' first class in Evanston. The 2014 point guard–the more I think about it–would fit well in NU's player-oriented system. His facilitation skills could help the offense, and perhaps more importantly, provide some point-guard depth on a team that badly needs it. With limited scoring ability, his recruitment may not blow up. Insiders say Harvard will make a strong push for his services—which would lead to an interesting academic battle for the 6-4 point man.

— Much has been made of Collins' aggressive recruiting efforts in the early stages of his time at NU. He's pursuing several four-star 2014 prospects, many of which will end up at traditional powerhouses. Still, I think there's a more-than-decent chance that of these, Vic Law commits to Northwestern. He would be among the most highly touted recruits in program history, but of the recruits I've spoken with, Law seems to have the firmest belief in the direction of this team. He's intense about academics, can speak for minutes about Collins' vision for NU and would undoubtedly spark the fan base in Evanston. The new head coach might not land big-name players this season, but it's not out of the question.

— As noted in our extensive basketball recruiting tracker (check it), Tavaras Hardy kept tabs on Carmody-era prospects. He's still in close contact with Evan Boudreaux and Jordan Ash—which honestly makes me more confident about the 2015 group than the upcoming one. Hardy has demonstrated his knack for early talent evaluation: Everyone in the 2015 picture would contribute to the future of this team. Right now, though, it's imperative that the staff focuses on the current class.

— Speaking of this, it's another positive and sensible sign that Northwestern offered Josh Cunningham. The 6-7 small forward is an impressive athlete with decent perimeter skills and strong transition ability. He's an example of the recent Chicago-based recruiting efforts, and seems like a reasonable land for the Wildcats. He holds offers including Iowa, Iowa State, Nebraska and Oklahoma. His recruitment, however, may blow up with continued strong efforts on the AAU circuit.

Purple Wildcats will be on hand for the Elite Youth Basketball League circuit this weekend in Minneapolis. At the tournament: Paul White, Vic Law, Tyler Ulis, Reid Travis, Trevon Bluiett and Josh Cunningham. Stay tuned for the most up-to-date coverage on NU basketball recruiting.

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