Recruiting In Your Own Backyard

For a long time, NU Basketball fans figured that the future success of the Wildcats just might lie in the Chicago area. After the first signing day, it appears Northwestern coach Bill Carmody and his staff continues to work this hotbed of Basketball hard...

The Official Release says it all:
Northwestern men's basketball coach Bill Carmody is continuing his pipeline of Chicago-area recruits and further strengthened that today with the signing of Mike Capocci (Lombard, Ill./Glenbard East) and Michael Thompson (Chicago, Ill./Lincoln Park)-two of the top players in the state of Illinois-to National Letters of Intent to play for the Wildcats - NU Sports

The two signings now gives Northwestern six players from the Chicago area, four on scholarship: Soph Sterling Williams [Young Magnet] is starting this year, RS Junior Jason Okrzesik [Fenwick HS] is also out on the court for a lot of time.

Jeremy Nash [Marist HS], and Jeff Ryan [Glenbrook South] are two players who are also expected to give the Cats an improved team in the future. You also can't forget walk-on Joe Kennedy, a Chicago area player who functions almost as an assistant coach on the floor.

Its also possible that next year we could see an all Chicago lineup on the court during games although the new kid from Arizona, Kevin Coble, may have something to say about that.
What you can see is a recruiting pattern:
Besides the 6 from Chicago, NU's players right now come from:
Chasing the Chicago Kids
Former Assistant, and now head coach at Brown, Craig Robinson was originally the point man for recruiting Chicago. He was the coordinator, and had many strong ties to NU's back yard.

When he left, Carmody hired an alum, Tavaras Hardy, a Joliet native who also has deep roots in the Chicago area. A former player under Carmody, he understands what kind of student BC [and NU] wants, and has the contacts around Chicago to get more than a few kids interested in the Wildcats.

Perhaps, Kevin O'Neil's legacy at NU was the recruitment of Jitim Young from the Public League. Young was a major force for the Wildcats for four years and just might be on BC's short list of possible candidates should one of the other NU Assistants be recruited away.

You can look at the rosters of many of the top teams in college basketball - many have Chicago area kids. The downstate Illinois Div I powers also pack their rosters with kids from Chicago. These kids can play, and we're also seeing more and more academic success by the Chicago kids.

In any case, most of the kids that are already being publicly recruited by Northwestern are in the immediate Chicago area.

You have to wonder if there might be another "Jitim" down the block?

Northwestern University
Basketball Scholarship Status Chart - 2006-11


2006-07 2007-08 2008-092009-2010
2010-11
G/F
T
00 Tim Doyle [6-5]




SF
05

25 Jean-Marc Melchior [6-6]
25 Jean-Marc Melchior [6-6]
25 Jean-Marc Melchior [6-6]


SF
06
***
44 Kevin Coble [6-8]
44 Kevin Coble [6-8]
44 Kevin Coble [6-8]
44 Kevin Coble [6-8]

F/C
06
**
11 Nikola Baran [6-7]
11 Nikola Baran [6-7] 11 Nikola Baran [6-7] 11 Nikola Baran [6-7]
SF
07
***

Mike Capocci [6-6]
Mike Capocci [6-6] Mike Capocci [6-6] Mike Capocci [6-6]
F
W05
10 Pat Houlihan [6-5]
10 Pat Houlihan [6-5]
10 Pat Houlihan [6-5]


C
03 ***
52 Vince Scott [6-10]




F
06 *
21 Ivan Peljusic [6-8] 21 Ivan Peljusic [6-8] 21 Ivan Peljusic [6-8] 21 Ivan Peljusic [6-8]
C
02
42 Ivan Tolic




G
W
2 Joe Kennedy [5-10]



PG
T05
1 Jason Okrzesik [6-1]
1 Jason Okrzesik [6-1]



G/F
04 **
32 Sterling Williams [6-4] 32 Sterling Williams [6-4] 32 Sterling Williams [6-4]

PG
05 ***
20 Craig Moore [6-2] 20 Craig Moore [6-2] 20 Craig Moore [6-2]

G
06 ***
23 Jeremy Nash [6-3]
23 Jeremy Nash [6-3]
23 Jeremy Nash [6-3]
23 Jeremy Nash [6-3]

G/F
06 ***
5 Jeff Ryan [6-8]
5 Jeff Ryan [6-8] 5 Jeff Ryan [6-8] 5 Jeff Ryan [6-8]
G/F
W06
33 Matt Steger [6-4]
33 Matt Steger [6-4] 33 Matt Steger [6-4] 33 Matt Steger [6-4]
PG
07 ***


Michael Thompson [5-10]
Michael Thompson [5-10]
Michael Thompson [5-10] Michael Thompson [5-10]
Scholarship
Math
11/13
+3 wo
2 Avail
10/13
+3 wo
3 Avail
10/13
+2 wo
  3 Avail
7/13
  6 Avail
2/13
11 Avail
Red - Possible Redshirt Year
* = Number of Scout.com stars
Started games in 2005-06
Has Signed LOI with Northwestern for Next Season [2007]



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