'Cats after 2015 Ohio SF Kipper Nichols

2015 small forward Kipper Nichols of Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edward HS is considering Northwestern.

Northwestern is pursuing Kipper Nichols of Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edward High—part of its efforts to land a solid second recruiting class under head coach Chris Collins.

Nichols told Brian Snow of Scout.com that he's considering Northwestern, along with Ohio State, Xavier, Penn State and Dayton.

The 2015 small forward earned high praise from Snow after his strong performance at the early stages of the Elite Youth Basketball League. Snow said that Nichols could "bring a little bit of everything," which is what NU looks for as it tries to establish overall depth.

Assistant coaches Armon Gates and Patrick Baldwin have smartly looked to Ohio in the past two seasons. Last year, they found 2014 commit Gavin Skelly and the staff offered 2015 Cleveland Villa Angela-St Joseph's HS power forward Derek Pardon.

Northwestern added Jordan Ash to its 2015 recruiting class already, but now it can focus on adding athletic small forwards, power forwards and centers to its next group of prospects.

This season, the majority of Northwestern recruiting coverage centered on Rice Lake (Wis.) power forward Henry Ellenson. Still, if last season is any indication, the Wildcats are "casting the net wide," which is just right for their second critical recruiting class.


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