Northwestern made its latest move Friday, locking up Yale transfer Jeremiah Kreisberg as a frontcourt addition.
Most important: He will be eligible immediately.
We wrote yesterday that Kreisberg was on visit to campus, and multiple sources told PurpleWildcats.com—among other outlets at the same time—that he committed this morning.
Kreisberg's most recent game action came in 2012-13, when he averaged 5.6 points and 2.8 rebounds in 16 minutes for Yale. He basically replaces departing senior Nikola Cerina on the NU roster, as a power forward who can eat minutes.
This was something that needed to be addressed. Aside from Alex Olah and freshman power forward Gavin Skelly, the Wildcats had no true frontcourt players. Sanjay Lumpkin and Vic Law are more like natural small forwards—with the "four around one" system designed to accommodate their lack of size.
The market could even remain open for Northwestern, which still has two scholarships open for the 2014-15 season. If not, the Wildcats can stay put or pursue underclassman transfers for the following season.
Kreisberg showed more promise in past seasons. In 2011-12, he averaged 7.7 points and 5.1 rebounds while shooting 80 percent from the free throw line. The year before that, he had 7.2 points and 4.5 rebounds.
The Wildcats coaching staff needed someone, and while taking a risk, they quickly took care of business. Like always.