Northwestern Basketball Recruiting Notes

Notes on transfers, new recruits and old targets in this PurpleWildcats.com Insider Update.

— PurpleWildcats.com confirmed a Rivals report that Northwestern offered 2015 power forward Dererk Pardon. The VASJ (Ohio) prospect visited campus for the Ohio State game and fits the under-recruited mold — at least for now. Patrick Baldwin in particular continues to attack an Ohio pipeline, which holds a great number of solid players.

— The Wildcats are extremely interested in 2015 four-star shooting guard Jimmy Whitt of Columbia (Mo.). Whitt grabbed the attention of this coaching staff with his play for KC Run GMC (AAU) this summer, and his "combo guard" status fits perfectly with what NU hopes to find for Collins' second recruiting class.

— Coach Baldwin is also pursuing 2015 SF O.G. Anunoby of Jefferson (Mo.). Anunoby starting to earn attention with his strong play, and highlights show off his length and athleticism. That might be the last step for Collins: finding athletes who can put fans in seats. Perhaps Anunoby will emerge during the busier part of the recruitment season.

— All information received by PurpleWildcats.com suggests that Northwestern will seek a center transfer (or fifth-year guy) to fill the scholarship left by Mike Turner. That's a certainty. Where they look, however, is unknown. They have not yet contacted Duke transfer Alex Murphy — and might not do so at any point. Still, it's a major recruiting priority moving forward.

— Elephant in the room: There may be a transfer on the current roster. Have to say it.

— I'm convinced that Aaron Jordan is their current best chance at landing an elite recruit for the 2015 class. He has significant interest in Wisconsin, it seems, but the academics and opportunity to play close to home should figure into Jordan's recruitment. It helps that he's a potential program-turning guard.

— They're quietly evaluating East Chicago (Ind.) point guard Hyron Edwards. The 16th ranked PG on Scout.com rankings, he's another ambitious look. Still, he would occupy an exceptional backcourt — with Bryant McIntosh playing the lead guard role à la Jon Scheyer.

— Because of McIntosh's offensive versatility – an underrated factor – NU can check out various guards to fill out its roster. They also like combo guard Anthony Bonner from Lawrence (Kan.) and that pool is likely to expand as we head toward spring.

— Watch for 2016 PF Nick Rakocevic. I watched him play earlier this week and expect NU to speed up its evaluation. The potential stretch-four candidate showed advanced offensive skill and impressive polish for his age. The Wildcats should start building relationships with everyone surrounding him.

— This year, NU can get picky. The staff has three available scholarships including Turner's "departure." These should go to a center, a combo guard and a SF/PF athlete who can spread the floor as they would wish.


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