Milwaukee Recruiting Notebook

All the notes you need from this weekend of Northwestern basketball... More to come...

Marcus Bartley put forth an impressive performance on Friday evening at Summer Jam. The three-star point guard, for one, plays harder than nearly everyone on the floor. This obviously pays dividends on the recruiting trail. Coaches often see hundreds of players on any given day; the ones who give maximal effort stand out. Bartley appeared more explosive than he did earlier this spring, and showcased an interesting spin move. He drew fouls in the lane and dove for loose balls.

— To be frank, Bartley is not the first point guard priority. Northwestern values its offers, but would almost certainly rank Bryant McIntosh and Tyler Ulis much higher on their recruiting board. Bartley arrives with some reservations. I'm not sure whether he's comfortable with his shot (definitely a setback) or whether he can defend quick Big Ten point guards. He'd be an excellent addition, but he can improve. Also, Creighton–his parents' alma mater–recently offered and expressed full support. It'll be very interesting to see where he ends up.

— Collins had an especially busy day on Friday. To pre-empt our "Where in the world is Chris Collins?" feature, I'll note that he started in Milwaukee before traveling to Cincinnati. In the morning, he watched 2015 power forward Cody Schwartz, who recently visited NU campus. He watched Scott Lindsey, likely a mid-major player. Then, he watched Bryant McIntosh for the third or fourth time within the past seven days.

— McIntosh exploded for 20 points, six assists and an alley-oop slam in front of Collins. The entire coaching staff is reportedly doing an exceptional job in his recruitment. McIntosh will cut his list down in September, but until then, NU should continue its great work in selling him on the program. McIntosh watched his offer list balloon last weekend; now he's simply looking for the perfect fit.

— Back to Schwartz: He's an advanced player for his age. He raved about his campus visit and should almost certainly earn an offer from NU. The 2015 power forward fits the "stretch four" mold that I've ranted about this past week. Schwartz can stretch defenses and then shut down opponents on the other end. With much of the Big Ten after him, NU has been wise to make early moves.

— NU, as noted earlier, has gone after Houston Defenders (AAU) shooting guard Joe Burton. He's more of the conventional two-guard. He can make shots, but also looks comfortable driving the lane. More impressive: He's one of the strongest man-to-man defenders I saw all weekend. He rarely lapsed, and it only helped his cause that he spoke of his passion for journalism shortly after the game.

Wade Baldwin can play. The new staff realized that with his exceptional weekend performances. He's arguably the most athletic target on the current board, and defends better than most guards. Fred Hill–his former lead recruiter at NU–used to label him the "next Randy Foye" and that seems fairly accurate. It's very late in the game, but the Wildcats could still make a run at the talented shooting guard.

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