Gavin Skelly fights for Northwestern offer

Weeks after visiting and falling in love with NU campus, Gavin Skelly showed high major coaches what they could have.

"We've all been working our whole lives for this moment. This is it."

Gavin Skelly perfectly expressed the pressure that arrives with July evaluations. The constant: Everyone hopes for more. For the Westlake (Ohio) power forward, that involves playing well enough to earn high-major offers.

As reported by PW late last month, Skelly visited Northwestern campus to meet with the coaching staff. He fell in love on the spot; the next step is earning that elusive offer.

With time running out–at least in his mind–Skelly has waited patiently in evaluating his options. He hopes to commit rather early, which means forcing schools into decisions. If they want to offer, there are only a few weeks remaining to let Skelly know.

"I want to commit in September before school starts," Skelly said. "I have August for trips, and then I'm committed."

Thankfully, Skelly watched his stock rise at the most important juncture. He performed consistently well for Team Work (Ohio) in Indianapolis. NU assistant Patrick Baldwin, his lead recruiter, watched him play on Wednesday.

Taking his versatility into consideration, the coaching staff views Skelly as an option at the stretch-four position. Despite being 6-9, Skelly can work both as the traditional power forward and as someone who can spread the defense in pick-and-roll situations.

"They want me as like a three/four," Skelly said. "They have a couple of seven footers. That's perfect, you know what I mean? I love playing there. I'm more versatile than a post player, and I'd be excited to join the program."

Skelly listed Butler, Stanford, Notre Dame and Northwestern as the high major schools pursuing him. He did add, though, that he appreciates the attention from everyone. It's not just the "big name" offers that appeal to him. Most of the MAC is in tight pursuit, with Oakland another school paying close attention.

Regardless, one school will land an undoubtedly serviceable asset in Skelly. He's an impressive player with polished moves and nice defensive presence. It's not the case of your standard clumsy 6-9 player. He's good, and his recruitment is still wide open.

"Nothing's sticking out to me yet," he said. "I haven't cut it down. I'll do that in August."

Until then, he can wait, hoping that more offers will file in. If they do, great. If not, some school will land an impact player, and Gavin Skelly is more than all right with that.


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