NU Signs 3 to Basketball Letters of Intent

Kevin Coble as 6-7 Forward from Scottsdale Christian Academy, Phoenix, Ariz, Jeremy Nash a 6-3 Guard from Chicago Marist, Chicago, Ill. and Jeff Ryan a 6-8 Guard/Forward from Glenbrook South, in Glenview, Ill. have all officially signed Letters of Intent to attend Northwestern starting in the Fall 2006.

The signings represent another good class for the Northwestern Wildcats. Northwestern's 2006 Recruiting Class: Kevin Coble
Forward, 6-7, 175
Phoenix, Ariz./Scottsdale Christian Academy
A first team All-State selection (all schools) … Led Scottsdale Christian Academy to a 64-3 record and back-to-back state titles … As a junior, Coble averaged 19.9 points, 9.1 rebounds, 2.1 blocks and 1.5 assists per game … Shot 64.7 percent from the floor and 79.8 percent from the free-throw line … Was listed as a small forward to watch following the Nike All-American Camp in Indianapolis … Member of Kingwood Classic All-Star Team … Has sound fundamentals and possesses excellent shooting range … A two-time Arizona Republic Small-School Player of the Year. "Kevin is a natural scorer and a very good three-point shooter," Carmody said. "With strength he will be a terrific rebounder. Kevin is verything we look for in our forwards. He should contribute immediately."

Jeremy Nash
Guard, 6-3, 185
Chicago, Ill./Marist

Ranked No. 19 in the latest top prospects in Illinois … Is the No. 7 shooting guard on a list that has 11 guards in the top 20 … Joins fellow Chicagoland commit Jeff Ryan on the top 20 list … As a junior at Marist, Nash averaged 14.2 points, 6.8 rebounds and three assists in helping the RedHawks to a 25-4 mark and their second- straight regional championship … Was called up to varsity halfway through his freshman season and averaged 10.5 points and 6.5 rebounds … Averaged 12.0 points and 7.0 rebounds as a sophomore in helping Marist to their first of back-to-back Class AA regional titles … Was named to the Class AA All-State fourth team as voted by the Illinois Basketball Coaches … Can play both guard positions … Led his Ferrari AAU team to the championship of the U-17 AAU tournament … All-Lockdown first team.

"We like the aggressiveness and toughness of Chicago guards and Jeremy fits that mold," Carmody said. "He is a terrific defender with quick hands and great anticipation. We think he will add an element to our team that has been lacking. Jeremy's best basketball is certainly ahead of him."

Jeff Ryan
Guard/Forward, 6-8, 185
Glenview, Ill./Glenbrook South
Listed as the No. 1 small forward and the No. 10 player overall in the state by in the October listing … Averaged 13.5 points and 8.5 rebounds in 2004 and led Glenbrook South to a 23-5 record and the regional championship during his junior campaign … Good three-point shooter … Played this summer for the Illinois Warriors AAU team, leading his team to a second place finish in the National AAU Super Showcase … Was a Central Suburban South All-Conference choice last year … Special mention 2005 Boys Class AA All-State selection.

"Jeff does everything pretty well," Carmody said. "His ball handling and passing will enable him to be a guard who, at 6-7, should pose match-up problems for opposing teams. He is a good long-range shooter who possesses the quickness and strength to aggressively attack the basket. His versatility makes him a great fit for our program."

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