Yet, for some reason, he evaded the reach of the new-look NU coaching staff desperate to make strides on the recruiting trail—until now. Patrick Baldwin called Egi this morning and apologized for the oversight.
"He wanted to make sure that he got into the recruiting game," Egi said. "He was sorry that they were a little bit late."
Thankfully for the Wildcats, Egi still considers his recruitment wide open. He grew familiar with the positive aspects of NU basketball through communication with the old era. The current staff has been excellent in establishing quick relationships with talented recruits. Here's another opportunity to make inroads.
Egi fits some qualities of an ideal NU player: They simply need strong defenders and rebounders. It's one of the reasons Egi–the 36th ranked player for the class of 2015–earned an invite to the Canadian national team.
Still, Egi will consider speeding up his recruitment to reclassify to 2014. He called it a "possibility" and thinks he can contribute immediately in the right situation. That's all the more reason for Northwestern to gain ground while it can.
NU will compete against a list of schools with strong academic reputation. Egi listed Harvard, Stanford, Illinois, Washington and California as the prominent figures in his recruitment. Baldwin, in this first communication, reiterated some of NU's perks.
"I really like the great academics and those aspects," Egi said. "It's located near Chicago and they have a good system."
For now, Egi can focus on getting even better. Playing for the national team allowed him to compete against more polished and mature players.
"It was a great experience, playing against older guys," he said. "It's difficult playing against guys who are stronger and more physical."
It seems unlikely that Collins will have a difficult time convincing Egi that the team faces some clear needs at power forward. He and the entire coaching staff are eager to stare down recruiting challenges. If Egi's recruitment stretches into next season, expect NU to leave an impact.