Northwestern continues to pursue 7-foot-2 center Isaac Haas. The four-star player from Hokes Bluff (Ala.) is another intriguing target for the Wildcats. Though Haas continues to work out the kinks in his offensive game, the big man has limitless potential. He told Purple Wildcats on Saturday about the importance of obtaining a "good degree," which bodes well in his recruitment.
It seems as though several schools are attempting to gauge his value. Haas hears from schools including Kansas and Florida, though he mentioned his stock has been "static." Haas is primarily concentrated on improving his physicality—something crucial to his stock. Northwestern evidently sees his ceiling, which explains its enthusiasm for another four-star prospect.
Josh Cunningham raved about his recent NU offer on Saturday. It "meant a lot" to Cunningham that the coaching staff evaluated his game before racing to an offer. It makes him feel comfortable moving forward in his recruiting process. The three-star prospect from Morgan Park (Ill.) said his latest task is settling into the 3-spot. At 6-7, he's often forced–at least in high school–to guard in the interior.
When he begins his college career, though, he's all but guaranteed to play small forward. That fits his game in several ways: He's exceptional in transition and can keep the defense honest with his perimeter shooting. It has to be exciting for Chris Collins. He gets to test his recruiting savvy on a skilled in state forward. There's a decent chance that Cunningham ends up in purple, which would be a strong start for the new-look program.
What else is there to say about Tyler Ulis? The 2014 point guard from Marian Catholic (Ill.) watched his recruitment blow up in recent weeks. Coaches are beginning to realize that lack of size hardly impacts his overall game. Ulis can score at will–from anywhere on the floor–and has this knack for making his teammates better. He's an expert facilitator, as evidenced by his strong play–unhindered despite a minor shoulder injury–this weekend in Minneapolis.
This is not to get anyone's hopes up. NU seems like the long shot to land Ulis. (Worse, Michigan State is generally viewed as his favorite.) Still, Ulis is someone worth consideration. He could turn the fortunes of the NU program, and as I mentioned yesterday, he grew accustomed to building team reputation at Marian Catholic. He's gained an intense following, and for good reason. Ulis is hard not to love.
Stay tuned to Purple Wildcats for more insider notes on Monday morning.