Northwestern 2015 Basketball Recruit Tracker

Purple Wildcats offers the most up-to-date and thorough coverage of Northwestern basketball recruiting. This segment names some top targets for the class of 2015.

Evan Boudreaux
Power Forward
Lake Forest (Ill.)

Boudreaux was impossible to miss. The Carmody era coaching staff recruited him intensely, and that figures to carry over to this brand new group. The "stretch four" with an impressive perimeter jumper and scrappy interior ability has expressed intense interest in the program. Of course, as with all 2015 prospect, there's a long way to go. Regardless, Boudreaux should be included in several of our articles over the next couple of years.

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Joseph Toye
Small Forward
Whitney Young (Ill.)

The track city champion–and obvious standout athlete–continues to enhance his skillset. Toye switched to Team Meanstreets last month, and praised the program for allowing him to challenge his game against top players nearly every weekend. It might be the ideal fit for this three-star project—someone who remains among the highest upside players on this list.

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Jordan Ash
Point Guard
St. Joseph's (Ill.)

Ash is part of the excellent 16U Illinois Wolves team that boasts the talent of four high-major guards. The group works well with solid chemistry despite lack of size, but when needed, Ash can fill a variety of roles. He's an impressive defender with combo-guard skills, and embraces contact at the rim. Tavaras Hardy came through with a quick offer; don't expect Chris Collins to slow down in his recruitment.

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Cody Schwartz
Power Forward
West De Pere (Wis.)

After watching Schwartz play at the Spiece Run N Slam in early May, I was stunned that NU hadn't expressed interest. Well, that changed, as he told Beth Long of Scout.com that the Wildcats staff contacted him. Schwartz picked up a Marquette offer this week—an early sign that his recruitment could very quickly blow up. It would be smart to engage in his recruitment sooner rather than later, as Schwartz's intangibles and offensive skills are worth considerable attention.

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Aaron Jordan
Shooting Guard
Plainfield East (Ill.)

I've used up every possible superlative regarding Jordan. He's an above-average player in just about everything, with the potential to shoot 45-40-80 at the college level. Add in his clutch play, and there's really nothing not to like. Jordan visited campus with Toye–a positive early sign–but heard from schools including Georgetown and Kansas as the contact period opened. He's a top priority for several schools, and for good reason.

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Matt Rafferty
Power Forward
Hinsdale Central (Ill.)

Assistant coach Armon Gates continues to recruit Rafferty. He led his recruitment at Loyola–which translated to an offer–so the two have strong rapport already. Rafferty visited campus this past week, an indication of this mutual interest and promise. The next step? Rafferty can round out his game by working on strength and agility. He's a potential fix at the power forward spot.

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Chris Egi
Power Forward
St. Andrew's (Ont.)

NU continues its search for power forwards. That extends to the 2015 class as well, with Egi a sure-thing target. Unlike many targets, he's a proven strong defender and rebounder. It seems that they need someone like him. Egi is extremely interested in academics, and considers schools like Stanford and Harvard among his frontrunners. With some intense effort, NU could certainly make its case.

K.J. Santos
Small Forward
Geneva (Ill.)

Santos, another member of the Illinois Stars 16U squad, has heard from the NU coaching staff. He's an impressive high-upside player among the deep sleepers on this team's target list. That Stars team includes Aaron Jordan, and with the right moves, NU could build a relationship with Coach Troy Johnson and perhaps establish some rapport between programs. It's worked well with the Illinois Wolves; why not extend that to another team?

Edward Morrow
Power Forward
Simeon (Ill.)

Northwestern has shown interest in the 2015 power forward from local powerhouse Simeon. Collins and his staff are after multiple targets from the school, including sleeper 2014 prospect Donte Ingram. He's a strong interior weapon and solid rebounder—someone who could fit into their plans. Though he's a quieter and newer name in this team's equation, many insiders believe he would be a special pickup for the team.

All of the above information has been collected independently. Expect many more updates from Publisher Nick Medline throughout the summer.

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