It's the middle of the summer, but Chris Collins and his staff are still very busy. Northwestern's coaching staff spent last weekend on the recruiting trail throughout the country looking at a lot of different targets. Northwestern will form their recruiting plan during this evaluation period in July. Here's everything that's happening in the world of re for Northwestern basketball:
Q: Where are Chris Collins and the Northwestern coaching staff?
A: Collins was in Las Vegas last Thursday to watch recruits Aaron Falzon and Henry Ellenson at the LeBron James Skills Academy, while assistant coach Patrick Baldwin scouted recruits Kyle Guy, Jerome DesRosiers and Billy Wampler at the Adidas Unrivaled Camp in Chicago, reported purplewildcats.com publisher Nick Medline.
Northwestern followed Kyle Guy, Jerome DeRosiers and Billy Wampler at Adidas camp. Juniors and sophomores. Have to look out for the future.— Nick Medline (@NickMedline) July 11, 2014
Collins then travelled to Washington D.C., where assistant Armon Gates started the weekend, to watch several recruits, including Samir Sehic, Kipper Nichols and NU commit Dererk Pardon. Baldwin travelled out to Vegas to see Falzon, and Gates went to Philadelphia to see 2016 recruits Kodye Pugh and Matthew Moyer. Finally, Collins returned to Illinois to watch Juwan Morgan and commit Jordan Ash play in Riverside over the weekend.
#Northwestern asst. Armon Gates was at the Reebok Breakout Classic in Philly this week. Likely watched 2015 PF Evan Boudreaux, others too— Henry Bushnell (@HenryBushnell) July 11, 2014
Q: Which players are Northwestern's top targets for the summer?
A: Aaron Falzon is quickly becoming Northwestern's top priority, reported Medline. There were several tournaments in Chicago last weekend, yet Collins and Baldwin both spent time in Vegas to see Falzon, a four-star forward from Massachusetts. The 6-foot-8 stretch forward has offers from Notre Dame, Marquette, Harvard, Creighton and NC State, among others. It appears Collins is pulling out all the stops to land Falzon.
#Northwestern offers 2015 PF Samir Sehic out of Houston. Collins saw him, and apparently loved him.— Nick Medline (@NickMedline) July 13, 2014
Samir Sehic's stock rose quickly for NU last week. Collins offered Sehic after he and Gates watched him play in D.C. Collins loved what he saw in the 6-foot-9 power forward from Houston. A three-star recruit, Sehic also holds offers from Iowa, Nebraska, Texas Tech, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest.
Otherwise, no new targets for first week of July evaluations. Falzon, Nichols, Morgan, Ellenson, Spalding the big guys.— Nick Medline (@NickMedline) July 10, 2014
Juwan Morgan, Raymond Spalding, Henry Ellenson and Kipper Nichols remain Northwestern's other top priorities for the class of 2015. With the exception of Nichols, these guys look like reaches at face value. Calling Ellenson a "long shot" would be an understatement. While Collins would love to land any of these guys, Sehic and Falzon are much safer bets for NU to recruit.
Q: Who in the class of 2016 is Northwestern recruiting?
A: The first offer Collins sent out for the class of 2016 went to 6-foot-6 small forward Kodye Pugh. Northwestern is getting ahead of the pack with Pugh, one of the first teams to offer the Maryland native. Gates watched Pugh and four-star small forward Matthew Moyer play in Philadelphia last week while Baldwin evaluated three-star point guard Kyle Guy in Chicago.
Q: What's next?
A: Expect Northwestern to continue to pursue Aaron Falzon and Samir Sehic. Collins finally got a commitment from a post when he landed Dererk Pardon, but the ‘Cats still need more size. Almost all of Collins' 2015 targets are big men, and most of them are four-star caliber or better, so Collins is aiming very high with this class. It could end up being one of the best classes in the Big Ten, or he could miss on all his top guys. It's hard to know when recruits will commit, but Vic Law and Gavin Skelly both committed last July. The summer is a vital period for Northwestern. Collins and the rest of NU's coaching staff are going to be on the recruiting trail until they fill their last two scholarship spots for 2015.