Part Two: Five High-Risers

Which NU targets made statements with their play this past weekend? We name some...

Tory Miller

The 6-8 power forward excelled in Milwaukee, earning new attention from schools including Baylor and California. Patrick Baldwin met Miller two years ago while on staff at Missouri State, and kept tabs on the traditional power forward target. Chris Collins watched him this weekend, and in that game, Miller went to the free-throw line 12 times and cemented his status as a "bruiser."

Miller would be an ideal fit given the team's current needs. He already holds several offers, including ones from Iowa and Minnesota. The team has identified a fairly high number of targets at the four-spot; it's an obvious need on this roster. Miller could squeeze into an offer, but regardless, he'll end up somewhere desirable.

Joe Burton

The coaching staff loves Joe Burton. Heck, given his interest in writing, they even sent him information regarding the Medill School of Journalism. He's also a top-75 national player with an exceptionally advanced all-around game. He may be drawn to Big 12 schools, but the Houston Defenders (AAU) shooting guard is hearing from NU a great deal.

Unlike what I had previously assumed, NU continues to look at shooting guards including Burton and Wade Baldwin. The staff appreciates the "versatile" label, with Burton more of the SG/SF mix. He can defend any position, and would be a major steal on the recruiting trail.

Wade Baldwin

The NU coaching staff picked up its interest once again after the Reebok tournament nearly two weeks ago. There, Baldwin roomed with commit Vic Law, who convincingly pitched the Northwestern program. Though he has yet to receive an offer, Baldwin might be the recipient of a late pitch from the Wildcats.

Baldwin can play either the one or two guard spots. He's an excellent athlete and defender. Though Vanderbilt is widely considered the leader in his recruitment, other schools have taken interest in recent weeks. He's an exciting player, and with four scholarships available, NU has some position flexibility to work with.

Scott Lindsey

Chicago hoops guy Jeremy Woo and I agree on one thing: Lindsey can positively impact some team in the future. He plays under control, showcases excellent shooting range and looks like an effective shooting guard. At the very least, Chris Collins watched him deliver an excellent performance this past week in Milwaukee.

NU continues to keep tabs on some local prospects. It's an effective move, and they're doing excellent work in recruiting Chicago-area kids. You never know: Some emerge as offer-worthy even in the late stages, and it helps to get in the door early. Lindsey's coming on of late, and it's worth noticing.

Zach Braxton

This one arrived out of nowhere. With Patrick Baldwin in attendance, Braxton looked the part of a solid interior presence. He slowed down top 2015 center Stephen Zimmerman, which drew interest from NU. It's likely that at least three coaches will travel to Las Vegas and watch him play. The tournament field is loaded–and includes Bryant McIntosh–so that appears to make sense.

If all goes well, NU might land its "steal" candidate in Braxton. Of course, they need help at the four-spot, and the Colorado target and Chauncey Billups Elite (AAU) standout expressed genuine interest in the program. Academics, the prestigious conference and early interactions with the coaching staff have made NU an immediate contender.

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