While recruit Jaren Sina tries to sort out whether or not he wants to come to Northwestern after the school fired the coach that recruited him, reports indicate fellow recruit Nate Taphorn isn't undergoing the same crisis of faith: he'll play for the Wildcats, regardless of who coaches.
Nate Taphorn did not ask to be released from his letter of intent. For now, the #Northwestern commit plans to stay with the program.— Nick Medline (@NicholasMedline) March 20, 2013
Regardless of your viewpoint on whether Northwestern should have fired Bill Carmody, you've got to admit the post-coach-firing news cycle isn't exactly the most fun, so it's good to see some concrete good news. It's not the most surprising thing - Taphorn wasn't rumored to be reconsidering at all - but it's still nice to see it written down definitely.
Taphorn isn't as highly touted a recruit as Sina. ESPN ranks Sina as a four-star point guard, no services rank Taphorn as a four-star, and while Sina had several offers from power conference schools, Taphorn's offers are Northwestern, Boston College, Colorado and a host of mid-majors - Creighton and Colorado State leading the pack, then some less prominent ones. But that's no reason to discount him as a player - remember, none of us have ever seen either player play - and NU has done well with other scrawny 6'7-ish power forwards from the middle of nowhere in Illinois, so Taphorn could do well for the Cats.
Less good, though:
Taphorn said of Jaren Sina: "I haven't talked to him for a while, actually." Minimal communication in past couple of days.— Nick Medline (@NicholasMedline) March 20, 2013