Notes: NU after 4-star PG Hyron Edwards

More recruiting notes about Northwestern's guard search and new priorities.

— Northwestern recently began its pursuit of 2015 point guard Hyron Edwards. The East Chicago (Ind.) prospect would function as the team's true point guard — able to work with incoming lead guard recruit Bryant McIntosh in the Wildcats' backcourt. He's another example of Armon Gates' ambitious local recruiting efforts: Edwards holds a four-star ranking on Scout.com and reportedly holds offers from Illinois, Indiana and Purdue. Expect another from NU.

— Patrick Baldwin continued to utilize his wide reach–from days at Missouri State–on the trail. He's leading the recruitment of 2015 combo guard Anthony Bonner, an intriguing look. Bonner said the coaches praised his offensive versatility, and if he can round out his game, he'll be an even more desirable priority. He added that Chris Collins will watch one of his games in December — indicative of this staff's view that Bonner qualifies as a potential sleeper addition.

— Multiple reports said that Plainfield East (Ill.) guard Aaron Jordan visited for the exhibition game against Lewis. Jordan's a fairly active recruit, and has made an effort to visit top schools several times. Still, it's promising to see — especially if Jordan leans toward staying near home. I'm on record since May praising Jordan for his unbelievable skill and intangibles. If anything, he's underrated: A true volume scorer with intangibles and ability to distribute the basketball.

— I think that this is the strategy: First, Collins wants to obtain a 5th year or transfer center to shore up his frontcourt, and until then he can't adequately assess his big man priorities. Second, he wants to complete his promising young backcourt with any type of guard — whether it's Edwards, Bonner, Jordan, Jordan Ash or another standout. It's early, but this guard effort is quickly becoming a trend for Northwestern hoops in year two of Collins' recruiting.


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