Bluiett said on Saturday: "With Chris Collins coming in, it doesn't get any better than him." It's an intriguing statement from the 4-star shooting guard, and one that Collins should be proud of. Despite his complete lack of head coaching experience, Collins has learned to use his background to an advantage. With Coach K and Doug Collins as part of that, prospects are growing intrigued by his basketball mind and résumé.
Michigan is considered the favorite to land Bluiett—with Butler and Florida among the other top candidates. He's an excellent perimeter threat and even succeeded at the point guard position for Spiece Indy Heat (AAU) this weekend. After watching him play six or seven times, I'm convinced Bluiett could fit well into a more conservative offensive system. Michigan–as much as you spin it–doesn't seem to make sense for his game. He's an efficient but controlled player. I don't expect him to end up at NU, but Collins is making an excellent pitch, and that bodes well for the future of this team. There's still a chance.
The 2015 power forward from Markham (Ont.) reported a Northwestern offer from the Bill Carmody era. Collins will likely re-extend this after evaluating the Canadian big man. For Egi, academics are of high priority. He reportedly scored a 30 on his ACT–around the 95th percentile–and attends a prestigious Ontario private school. There are rumors he might transfer for his junior season, but regardless, he's among the top 4-spot targets.
In the mix for Egi are Illinois, Stanford, Harvard and Northwestern. The three-star prospect has showcased great athleticism for CIA Bounce (AAU). He can rebound and matches up well defensively. Even with his raw offensive game, Egi should receive tens of high-major offers. He'd be an ideal fit for NU because of his interior defense and length. The Wildcats are among the schools most interested in him.
- The team is still searching for quick-fix options on the interior. Isaac Haas, the 7-foot-2 center, is among them. Expect them to dig up unheralded prospects, though, with this much scholarship flexibility. Haas could slip under the radar despite his lofty billing, because the "four-star" rating speaks more of his ceiling than his current ability. He's got a long way to go.
- After talking to just about everyone in Minneapolis, it seems like Reid Travis was one of the biggest risers of the weekend in EYBL. Playing alongside five-star guard Tyus Jones, he doesn't always benefit from attention. That changed when Travis put on an absolute show. He averaged 20 points and 12 rebounds in the five Howard Pulley (AAU) weekend victories. It's a good sign that he's in frequent contact with Coach Collins.
- Tyler Ulis demonstrated his "warrior" qualities this weekend. He tried to fight through a minor shoulder injury later in the weekend and still contributed for the undermanned Meanstreets team. Even when's not scoring–and he can from every spot on the floor–Ulis facilitates for his teammates. He's careful with the ball and dishes out assists. Yes, Michigan State is considered his favorite, but things change—and Northwestern is in the thick of his recruitment. He likes its local appeal, and Chris Collins has attracted his attention.