Northwestern Basketball Class of 2014

Running down Chris Collins' first recruiting class at Northwestern.

With the stealthy addition of Jserra Catholic HS (Calif.) point guard Johnnie Vassar, Chris Collins' first recruiting class is complete. We won't rule out the possibility of a transfer, but the Wildcats can certainly sit tight with this core five that is already garnering high expectations for the future. Run through the five Cats coming in next year.

Vic Law
Four-star SF
St. Rita (Ill.)
July 4, 2013

"The first signing by Chris Collins is the greatest signing in Northwestern basketball history," Nick Medline proclaimed this summer. He wasn't kidding. The Chicago native Law topped Collins' recruiting board from the get-go, and an offer from Bill Carmody was re-extended after a visit in April.

A skilled wing with considerable size at the 3, Law will give Collins good shooting both on and off the dribble. He's not afraid to go down low, either, and his set jumper is strong, if not streaky. Law's uptempo game is a natural fit for Collins and Co. For now, the hype is warranted.

"When you're at the bottom, you can only go up," Law told PW. "I know we can win. When we make the tournament for the first time, there will be a lot of noise in Chicago. I think we'll be at the top for years to come.

"I won't be the only top player going to Northwestern, I can tell you that. I'll pull some other guys."

Gavin Skelly
Three-star PF
Westlake (Ohio)
July 29, 2013

Skelly scooped a Northwestern offer after standing out for his AAU squad, Team Work, and catching Pat Baldwin's attention. The big man fell in love with the campus on a July visit, and committed a few weeks later to give the Wildcats two early pledges.

Skelly's 6-9 frame affords him offensive flexibility, and he'll bring an immediate boost to the Cats' anemic post game and pick-and-roll set. His offer came with a conditional: commit to us right now, Collins said. Skelly did just that. Though also being pursued by Butler, Stanford and Notre Dame, Skelly joined Northwestern with unbridled optimism.

"It was definitely a great moment in my life," he told PW. "This is my dream school...I want to be a leader on and off the court. I want to be the biggest cheerleader. That's how I play my best."

Bryant McIntosh
Three-star PG
Greensburg (Ind.)
September 9, 2013

No kidding, Vic Law. Though not quite as touted as Northwestern's first commit, McIntosh is an elite talent who figures to vie for the starting point guard job right away. A flex guard with great court vision, solid athleticism and a strong three-point shot, McIntosh brings a floor general role that the Wildcats haven't seen in years.

McIntosh had offers from the likes of Memphis, Missouri, Vanderbilt and Iowa after de-committing from Indiana State. Though entering the game a bit late, Collins and Armon Gates made an immediate impression and secured one of the program's most valuable recruits.

"I think we have a special class already coming in…We could make the tournament in my freshman year," he told PW. "I'll be shocked if we don't make the tournament by at least my sophomore year. We'll make a really deep run when I get older. By the end of my four years, we should be able to compete for a championship."

Scott Lindsey
Three-star SG
Fenwick (Ill.)
September 22, 2013

Lindsey sat on his NU offer for less than a month before committing. It gave Northwestern two hometown recruits, and a third impressive backcourt shooter.

Lindsey likely won't be a game-changer for the Wildcats, but good shooting translates at any level. Northwestern added a strong perimeter shooter who will compete for minutes and keep a loaded set of guards competitive. He had other offers from Iowa and Vandy.

"The Northwestern offer was the biggest reaction I got," he told PW. "Everyone reacted to it like: ‘Oh man, that's such a great offer. We all want you to get there.'"

Johnnie Vassar
Three-star PG
Jserra Catholic (Calif.)
December 20, 2013

Yes, the Cats still need to add a 4, but rounding out the class of ‘14 with Johnnie Vassar is big. Our Jeremy Woo describes him as an active defender and dangerous off-dribble playmaker, and he'll stay competitive with McIntosh in the backcourt.

Vassar's recruitment was obviously kept quiet, but for now, it looks like another impressive get for Collins.


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