The move, privately rumored for several weeks, opens up another scholarship for a transfer. With five scholarships filled for the 2014 recruiting class, NU felt it still needed additional pieces to compete in the Big Ten.
The Wildcats urgently need frontcourt help, which should be addressed on the transfer market. A source told PurpleWildcats.com that after the standard midseason transfer lull, NU expects to actively pursue every option available.
The process isn't complete. There's a very high possibility that someone from the current roster will transfer. Collins, in his first year, has undergone an effective and smart overhaul — dodging unused scholarships in the process.
With the team looking horrible – already below .500 fifteen games in – it makes sense for Collins to focus on the future. This latest move signifies one thing: They're poised to compete next season.