Johnnie Vassar Commits to Northwestern

Some early intel on Johnnie Vassar's commitment to Northwestern.

— Take the situation as you will. Northwestern was looking for a 2014 point guard to complete its recruiting class — for now. It found an intriguing recruit in Jserra Catholic HS (Calif.) three-star talent Johnnie Vassar. Schools including SMU and DePaul were heavily involved with his recruitment, but he will instead infuse NU with some new backcourt talent.

— This was an incredibly stealthy recruitment, with the process beginning in July. Then, members of the Northwestern coaching staff watched Vassar team up with NU commit Vic Law at a Reebok tournament. The staff liked what they saw, and ostensibly monitored him until they could finally bring him to campus.

— They brought Vassar to campus on Friday and sealed the commitment as he left. This "fills" the 2014 group of recruits, though there's a distinct possibility we'll see a roster spot open up in some way or another. He could start alongside Bryant McIntosh in an all-freshman backcourt that maximizes the team's offensive potential.

We'll be speaking with Vassar tomorrow.

Jeremy Woo's scouting report:

"Vassar is an extremely quick little guard who is a natural playmaker. He's very dangerous off the dribble and will help the shooters around him while he's on the floor. He's a good athlete and should be able to keep up in the Big Ten. He's active defensively and will help NU pressure.

The Chicago native fell off the radar after several transfers but makes a great piece in a young Northwestern backcourt. His surprise Beyoncé-esque recruitment has become a real coup for Collins and staff."


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