Ryan Fazekas, a 2015 SG/SF from Michigan City (Ind.), visited NU campus and picked up an early but important offer from Chris Collins. The head coach explained his vision for Fazekas, who plays with local AAU program Meanstreets.
"We talked about some things they wanted me to work on, but they said they really want to have me as a skilled wing player," Fazekas said. "They said I can play the 2 or 3, and when I get a mismatch, the 4."
The focus on versatility now carries over to the class of 2015. Recognized for his shooting ability, Fazekas fits the Wildcats' mold for players. He also understands this: NU just made him a top priority.
"It means a lot, saying obviously that I'm the first 2015 recruit up there," Fazekas said. "They really want me, and are saying how I can help impact and turn around the school."
Fazekas is beginning the intense stages of his recruitment, visiting colleges he might be interested in. NU made a strong case. He wanted to see how much he liked the experience, and it left a positive and lasting impression.
Even with Patrick Baldwin touring Belgium, the staff has been productive this week. They hosted McIntosh over the weekend before waking up to entertain Fazekas on Monday. It's been another strong week for this tireless group.
"The coaches took me around campus and I got to meet everyone," Fazekas said. "I really liked the coaching staff and the location, being near the city of Chicago."
With Chris Egi likely to reclassify to 2014, this marks one of the group's first serious recruiting efforts for the class of 2015. They re-extended offers to Evan Boudreaux and Jordan Ash, but could use another knock-down shooter for their program—one now loaded with optimism.
Why stop? The momentum continues, and with a move towards the future, it's not slowing anytime soon.