Yesterday was the first day of college basketball’s early signing period, and all four members of Northwestern’s highly-touted 2018 recruiting class signed their National Letters of Intent to join the program next offseason.
Jordan Lathon, Pete Nance, Miller Kopp, and Ryan Young make up a class that currently ranks No. 5 in the Big Ten and No. 15 in the country, according to 247 Sports’ composite rankings.
Here’s what Chris Collins had to say about the group in the program’s official release:
"We're really excited about this class of four young men who are joining the Northwestern family. We knew this would be a vital class for the future of our program, as we have a veteran team this year. We're adding four tremendous players, but also individuals who are going to add to the work ethic and the character that we've been able to build over the last few years."
Lathon, a high three-star guard from Grandview, MO, was the first to commit and is the heir apparent to Bryant McIntosh at point guard for the Wildcats.
.@coach_collins on @j2lathon: "Jordan is a big, athletic point guard. He has great leadership skills. His speed and quickness, his ability to run a team were things that were very attractive to us in our program." pic.twitter.com/cKDsRIyG9R— NU Men's Basketball (@NUMensBball) November 9, 2017
Pete Nance is a four-star forward from Revere, OH, and probably has the highest ceiling of the foursome due to his NBA bloodlines and combination of length with guard-like skills.
.@coach_collins on @peteln22: "Pete is a very dynamic player. He brings a complete skill set. He can play inside and out, he has tremendous ball skills and can shoot, pass and handle the ball with speed and athleticism. I believe that he has a terrific upside in our program." pic.twitter.com/ioU9J6wBHj— NU Men's Basketball (@NUMensBball) November 9, 2017
Houston native Miller Kopp gives Northwestern another big, athletic wing with a knockdown three-point shot. The four-star recruit was the final commit of the class.
.@coach_collins on @Miller_Kopp: "Miller is a dynamic wing scorer. He's a tough competitor. He has continued to improve as his high school career has gone on. We always have valued guys here who continue to get better. He is a tremendous worker." pic.twitter.com/jmJfdIqfLa— NU Men's Basketball (@NUMensBball) November 9, 2017
For those of you that know me, know how hard I've worked for this & it's only the beginning. Thank you to everyone that came out to support! pic.twitter.com/XOWNuFKMJ5— Miller Kopp (@Miller_Kopp) November 9, 2017
Ryan Young, a three-star big man from Stewartsville, NJ, rounds out an extremely impressive class. He seems like a probable redshirt candidate in 2018-19.
.@coach_collins on @ryanyoung2323: "Ryan is an emerging big man. He can pass and shoot and has a great IQ for the game. He's someone who really exploded onto the scene from where he was a year ago. His potential to keep improving is terrific with our player development program." pic.twitter.com/zAyWK2W3mi— NU Men's Basketball (@NUMensBball) November 9, 2017
Maryland, Ohio State, Michigan, Vanderbilt, Georgetown, Butler, Texas A&M, Illinois, Iowa State, Wake Forest, and Colorado offered at least one of these four players, who will look to lead the program to new heights starting in 2018.