During the evaluation period, Chris Collins and his staff focused on two sleeper targets—both of who could be part of NU's future.
First, they were sold on the potential of Westlake (Ohio) power forward Gavin Skelly, who fits Collins' ideal stretch-four mold. Skelly committed in July.
Then, NU watched local shooting guard Scott Lindsey. The Fenwick HS (Ill.) standout was widely viewed as a breakout star. His shooting ability and basketball IQ earned rave reviews from analysts, and college coaches paid close attention.
PurpleWildcats.com was on hand when Collins watched Lindsey knock down a barrage of three-pointers at a July tournament in Milwaukee. To Collins, he looked worthy of an offer, and that finally came to fruition Monday night. With an available scholarship in hand, the head coach made the call.
"My first reaction was a sigh of relief," Lindsey said. "I really like Northwestern and I've been working hard. That was one of the offers I wanted to get."
After the good news, Lindsey set up an official visit for October 5th, and Collins will also visit his home sometime in September.
Now an unquestioned high-major player, Lindsey has currently centered his recruitment on three schools. NU, Iowa (which recently offered) and Vanderbilt have all identified him as a potential fit.
The Commodores have yet to offer Lindsey, but he planned an unofficial visit to Vandy this weekend with an official to come. It's an interesting three-team race for the time being.
That all stemmed from his incredible July evaluation performance. The month before, he spoke to PurpleWildcats about areas for improvement. He said his AAU coaches (from Illinois Old School) would help him develop as a player. They did just that, making June an essential month of preparation for Lindsey.
"I worked with my AAU coaches and I was just really ready to play," he said. "In July, I was focused, went out there and played my hardest."
From his early interaction with Coach Collins, Lindsey was sold on the program merits, namely the mix of academics and up-and-coming status. With an offer in the balance, he'll take even longer looks at the prospect of joining Northwestern.
"They want to move in a new direction," he said. "And I feel like I can be a key part of starting the new era."