Point taken

After landing a pair of backcourt commitments, a source confirmed to Purple Reign that Northwestern has stopped recruiting Spencer Dinwiddie, who was at one time Northwestern's most highly-rated guard prospect. With the backcourt set up exactly how they want, the Wildcats are shifting their focus to bigs.

On the heels of landing a pair of commitments, Northwestern has ceased recruiting point guard Spencer Dinwiddie, who was at one time the Wildcats' top guard prospect.

A source with knowledge of the situation confirmed that Northwestern had indeed offered the 6-4 Dinwiddie, rated by Scout.com as the No. 30 point in the 2011, along with three other 2011 guards.

Since then, however, Northwestern has nabbed a pair of backcourt commitments. David Sobolewski, a 6-1 point guard from Lisle, Ill., committed to the Cats about two weeks ago. And before the dust had settled on Sobolewski's commitment, two-star combo guard Tre Demps, a San Antonio native, committed on Sunday.

Thus, ballyhooed or not, Dinwiddie has been nixed from the 2011 target list.

At this point, the source said, Northwestern is in the hunt to add size; the Wildcats have turned their focus to a handful of players 6-7 or better. (More on them in the coming days....)

Sobolewski and Demps will join three-star guard and 2010 commit Jershon Cobb. Add to that trio rising sophomore guards Alex Marcotullio and Drew Crawford, and the logistics don't work for Northwestern taking another guard: there is simply no more room in the backcourt right now.

Purple Reign talked with Dinwiddie, from Woodland Hills, Calif., this week about his recruitment. And unlike Sobolewski and Demps, he concedes that he is not close to making a decision.

"I was real happy (when NU offered)," Dinwiddie said. "But at this point, I'm still accepting all interest. I'm not too far in the recruiting process….

"Right now I am considering everyone. I haven't narrowed it down at all."

Dinwiddie, a three-star prospect, could have been a big get for the Cats had the backcourt not filled up so quickly. Scout.com recruiting analyst Greg Hicks wrote that Dinwiddie is "one of the elite guard prospects in the West Coast class of 2011." In addition, Dinwiddie has camped at UCLA, and is receiving interest from the Bruins, USC, Arizona and others. He has official offers from Arizona State, Santa Clara, Hawaii and San Diego State.

As is stands, though, the source said Northwestern got exactly what it wanted from its backcourt commitments: a smaller guard (Sobolewski is a 6-1 point guard) and a bigger one (Demps is a 6-3 combo guard).

Now the focus shifts to the frontcourt.

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