The entirely new coaching staff reached out to Mac Irvin Fire combo guard Patrick McCaw. His recruitment follows the trajectory that usually leads to something better. They identified him as an important priority in recent weeks, and with continued strong performances during July, McCaw is in line for an offer.
"I don't see that as pressure," McCaw said of this month's evaluation period. "This is my last year of AAU … When I'm playing, I play hard, and the coaches can see that."
McCaw, without question, is one of the most intriguing recruit leads this month. The 6-5 guard from St. Louis (Mo.) has excellent range and plays strong defense; that versatility translated to NU interest.
Armon Gates currently leads his recruitment. One difficult obstacle: McCaw never really watched NU basketball in recent years. Still, he's intrigued by the Collins vision. (Join the club.)
"Coach Collins plays an NBA kind of style, and he said I could fit the system well," McCaw noted.
McCaw plays alongside fellow NU target Josh Cunningham on the AAU circuit. Cunningham has emerged as one of the most important looks for the Wildcats, and McCaw looks to haul in an offer of his own.
From this angle, the program appears very close. Oklahoma State and Virginia Tech gave McCaw his first major conference offers, and NU seems like an ideal fit.
He can play the point guard spot, which is hugely beneficial. Though he may not be featured there, having depth at the position can benefit the program. Also, with his Duke background, Collins needs some shooters. McCaw looks like an interesting piece.
"Coach Gates says I could be a very versatile player," he said. "I could play the one or the two [because] I've developed my jump shot a lot more."
Watch this one carefully. NU identified the need, and with this strong interest, McCaw is now an essential name to watch.