Chris Collins has already landed two commits, Dererk Pardon and Jordan Ash, for the class of 2015 and is looking to add two more recruits from a large group of targets. Collins has set some pretty high hopes, offering several four-star and five-star prospects, most of whom are forwards since NU still needs more size. Landing another four-star prospect, after snagging Vic Law this year, would prove the program is certainly moving in the right direction. But a lot of NU's top targets are definitely a bit of a reach. Collins may have to settle for more realistic additions. Here's a breakdown of Northwestern's targets:
Ellenson would undoubtedly be the best commit in Northwestern history. He's number 5 in ESPN's top 100 for the class of 2015 and a consensus five-star recruit. Ellenson was in Evanston on Saturday while playing for his high school team from Rice Lake, WI, in Northwestern team camp. He also visited Evanston last February to see the 'Cats take on Nebraska, the game which began NU's seven-game losing streak. The 6-foot-10 power forward has an impressive list of offers which includes Duke, Wisconsin, Creighton, Michigan State, Iowa State, Indiana, North Carolina, UCLA and many more. Collins can only hope Ellenson selects Northwestern over all the powerhouses he has to choose from.
Spalding's list of offers isn't quite as impressive as that of Ellenson, but he has some solid choices. Louisville, Indiana, Butler, Georgia Tech, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Xavier and Northwestern have all offered the Louisville native. Spalding is ranked in the top 100 for the class of 2015 by ESPN, Rivals and 247 Sports, and at 6-foot-9, he can play power forward or center. Louisville is at the top of his list on 247 Sports, so most likely Spalding will stay home and become a Cardinal.
Collins' pursuit of big men continues with Morgan, who is just outside Rivals' National top 100 at 106th. The Missouri native has offers from California, Creighton, Indiana, Northwestern, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest and Washington. Morgan is very athletic and has the bounce to jam some great alley-oops. He looks like a slightly bigger Vic Law on the court. The 6-foot-7 forward is surely a reach for NU, but they have a better shot at him than Spalding or Ellenson.
The 6-foot-6 Turner can play shooting guard or small forward, and he just sneaks into Rivals' top 100 at 95th. He has offers from Michigan State, Stanford, Creighton, Florida State, Iowa State and Arizona State. Turner doesn't have an offer from Collins yet, but he has some interest in Northwestern. Of course, Collins is primarily searching for big men, but Turner has a great jump shot and is talented enough to draw an offer from NU.
Boudreaux's profile looks a lot like most of Chris Collins' commits in the last two years. Hailing from Lake Forest, Ill., Boudreaux is another local prep star Collins hopes to add. The three-star power forward still has a long list of schools to choose from, and he has offers from strong suitors, including Northwestern, Iowa, Penn State, Iowa State, Marquette, St. Louis and Boston College. Collins is looking to add more size, and Boudreaux's 6-foot-8, 220 pound frame would make a good fit.
Collins has not offered Brechting, but the three-star forward has shown interest in Northwestern. Central Michigan is the only team to offer Brechting at this point, according to 247 Sports. At 6-foot-10, the Michigan native has the height to play center, and he's bound to grab more interest during the summer. If NU's higher-rated targets commit elsewhere, it wouldn't be surprising if Collins sent an offer Brechting's way.
Falzon is right on the border between "reach" and "realistic". The four-star power forward is ranked in the nation's top 100 by rivals.com, yet Northwestern fits in fairly well among his top choices. Falzon is considering offers from Boston College, Harvard, Boston University, Georgia, Marquette, NC State, Penn State, Creighton, Notre Dame and Northwestern, among others. It appears Falzon, a Massachusetts native, wants to stay close to home, as BC, Harvard and Boston U top his interests on 247 Sports. If Collins can convince Falzon to move west, the 'Cats have a realistic chance at him.
Northwestern appears to be one of the top choices for Stephens, a two-star shooting guard. 247 Sports puts Northwestern at the top of his interests list next to Syracuse and Temple. Stephens has offers from Seton Hall, Holy Cross, and a number of Ivy League schools, including Yale, Princeton and Columbia. Stephens will have to make some noise this summer to get Collins' attention and perhaps draw an offer. Right now, he's not exactly on NU's radar but certainly a viable option.