Tonight, a bunch of random news came out that pertains to Northwestern to varying degrees. None of them are really worth a post, but they’re all worth at least a third of a post, so consider this your Spark Notes of today’s Wildcat news.
Chier Ajou goes to Seton Hall
Just days after announcing that he planned to transfer from Northwestern, 7-foot-2 center Chier Ajou has found a new home. He will transfer to Seton Hall, according to NJ Hoops Haven:
Looks like Seton Hall plugged a hole at center for next year with 7-foot Northwestern transfer Chier Ajou. Will be eligible next December.
— Jerry Carino (@NJHoopsHaven) January 9, 2014
Ajou was never able to be effective at NU, and he’s certainly a project, but the Pirates apparently need a center and Ajou was available. Plus, he’ll be playing for Seton Hall assistant and former Northwestern assistant Fred Hill, who also lured former NU recruit Jaren Sina to the Pirates.
Good for Ajou, who has a pretty incredible story. It’s nice to see him land on his feet.
New “Chicago” uniforms
Northwestern tweeted out this tease that suggests the Wildcats will wear Chicago-themed jerseys against Illinois at Welsh-Ryan Arena on Sunday:
— NU Men's Basketball (@NUMensBball) January 9, 2014
This is yet another shot in the ongoing turf war between Northwestern and Illinois, who both try to claim Chicago. While it’s good marketing for the Wildcats and these jerseys were undoubtedly planned before the season, it won’t help NU’s image if they’re blown out while wearing those jerseys. So that’s more motivation for Sunday.
Notre Dame stealing NU’s thunder
Notre Dame announced today that it will be switching from Adidas to Under Armour. Northwestern can’t be happy about it. The Wildcats marketed themselves as the only area team partnered with the apparel provider, and now the Wildcats not only share a conference with a prime Under Armour school — Maryland, where the company is based — but they also share a market with Notre Dame, which is clearly top dog when it comes to branding.
The Wildcats’ major problem with Adidas was that they didn’t receive enough attention from the provider. They’ve definitely benefitted from Under Armour’s attention, but it won’t help to be behind Notre Dame and Maryland in the pecking order.
Two NU recruits nominated for McDonald’s All-American Game
The nominees for the 2014 McDonald’s All-American game were released on Wednesday, and three of Northwestern’s incoming recruits made the cut. Four-star St. Rita (Ill.) forward Vic Law, three-star Greensburg (In.) guard Bryant McIntosh and three-star Westlake (Oh.) forward Gavin Skelly could be selected for the April 2 game, which features only seniors and will be played at the United Center in Chicago.
The roster will be announced on January 29 and consist of 24 players. It is unlikely Law, Skelly or McIntosh will make the team. Here is the entire list of nominees.