This one is rather simple. Northwestern centered its focus on four players of different skillsets and backgrounds. Collins and his staff made an effort to find the right fits—awfully reminiscent of his football counterpart. For now, with two scholarships available and another possibly opening up, these are the guys to watch.
Egi is widely expected to reclassify to the group of 2014. The four-star Canadian power forward heard from Bill Carmody, and after a quiet period, listened to the Northwestern pitch once again early last week. Patrick Baldwin even apologized for letting the communication slide. These coaches decided to focus on someone who appears to be the perfect solution given their current roster's limitations.
The recruitment intensified this week, with Baldwin still at the helm. Collins raced to offer Egi and provide serious competition as a latecomer. Egi's family is based in Toronto, which could give NU the geographical advantage compared to some of his other top schools—like Cal and Stanford. NU can meet Egi's lofty academic expectations for his choice, and Baldwin will work overtime to get him in purple.
I know: It's hard to get overly excited about "top eight" lists. I feel the same way. But I contacted London very early in his NU recruitment, when he barely knew anything about the school. Throughout July, some more excellent work from Baldwin gave NU some hope of landing the four-star Spring Hill (Tenn.) power forward.
This would be a signature scoop. London built a relationship with Vic Law at that pivotal Reebok camp in Philadelphia. Though Tennessee is generally considered to be his frontrunner, you never quite know which players feel the urge to leave the state. London, to some extent, has bought into the NU approach.
McIntosh has been subject to some excellent recruiting techniques from Collins and Armon Gates, who emphasized the importance of winning over his entire family. Gates calls his mother, father and grandparents on a regular basis. He and Collins are also building excellent rapport with the Greensburg (Ind.) point guard. They certainly need one, and McIntosh–put money on this–would start for four years.
The talented floor general visits campus this Sunday. It's another important day for the program. McIntosh boasts offers including Missouri, Memphis, Purdue, Iowa, Florida State and many more. They're ready for another recruiting coup, and this could very well happen with a positive weekend visit.
Forget about the idiotic message board posters. They're fairly harmless. Until Tyler Ulis says "no" to Northwestern, they will pursue the local four-star point guard with reckless abandon. Ulis would turn the program in mere seconds, and has generated incredible hype the right way—earning it on the court.
The majority of knowledgeable people (about 75 percent) would consider Michigan State his frontrunner. As noted here two weeks ago, Ulis changed his plans to play in front of Tom Izzo, and Tom Izzo only. Ulis has something prove, and he will. It remains to be seen whether that takes place in Evanston.