Welcome to the Monday Morning Roundup, a collection of noteworthy Northwestern-related news from the weekend. Today, we have a couple of Northwestern basketball recruiting notes for you, as well as a primer on the some new off-the-field recruiting rules in college football.
Northwestern hoops commit Anthony Gaines impresses at JBC Regional Game
Right now, much of our focus is on what Chris Collins will do to add to next year’s team, with Northwestern having two remaining unused scholarships. However, it’s important to remember that the one player Collins does have coming into the program at the moment looks like he’s going to be pretty good. Anthony Gaines, the high three-star shooting guard from New Hampshire that is Northwestern’s lone 2017 commit thus far, played in the Jordan Brand Classic Regional Game on Saturday.
Jordan Brand Classic regional game box. Brandon Randolph w/ 32. pic.twitter.com/5hDw1X8HrT— Luke Winn (@lukewinn) April 14, 2017
In what was very much played like an all-star game (read: no defense), Gaines finished with 10 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists and a team-high 3 steals in 17 minutes played in the victory. His performance opened the eyes of at least one national writer, our favorite phrase-repeater Jon Rothstein.
The sleeper at the JBC Regional Game? Northwestern bound guard Anthony Gaines. Plays with terrific pace, feel, and overall composure.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) April 14, 2017
The bouncy wing had a couple of nice highlights in the game, which you can see in the first half of the video below.
Northwestern target Clifton Moore re-commits to Indiana
When Indiana fired Tom Crean, the status of all three of its 2017 commits became a question mark. Two of the three, including Moore, a former Northwestern target who listed the Wildcats in his top six last fall, requested releases from their letters of intent. There was some speculation around these parts that Northwestern could be back in the running for the lanky power forward from Pennsylvania after his decommitment. However, after meeting with new coach Archie Miller on Sunday, Moore has recommitted to the Hoosiers. Miller has now brought back all three of Crean’s recruits and is putting together a strong team, even with OG Anunoby and maybe Thomas Bryant off to the NBA. For Northwestern, it may be Mark Smith or bust in adding to the 2017 class unless Collins can find an under-the-radar prospect in the next three and a half weeks.
Grad transfer target Elijah Brown to visit Evanston this week
Elijah Brown, who we wrote about a while back, will be visiting Northwestern from Tuesday through Thursday this week, according to ESPN’s Marc Spears.
Ex-New Mexico guard Elijah Brown,son of GS asst. Mike Brown, is visiting Oregon 4/13-15; Northwestern 4/18-20; Iowa St. 4/21-23; Gonzaga TBD— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpearsESPN) April 11, 2017
Northwestern made Brown’s top five along with the Oregon, Gonzaga, Iowa State and Saint Mary’s, although it’s possible the latter is no longer in the running since the Gaels aren’t mentioned in Spears’ tweet about Brown’s visit schedule. Still, it’s some tough competition. Stay on the lookout for Brown news in the next couple weeks.
NCAA Football programs will be able to hire a 10th assistant coach in January
Back on Friday, the NCAA Divison 1 council passed a measure that will allow teams to add a 10th official assistant coach to their staff, effective January 9th, 2018. The previous limit was nine. Teams are also allowed to have four graduate assistants; Northwestern added two of those, including former player Deonte Gibson, earlier this month.
Other NCAA changes include early signing period and official visits during a recruit’s junior year
Along with adding the 10th assistant coach, there were several other changes made by the Division 1 Council, whose chair happens to be our own Jim Phillips. The most notable one is the implementation of an early signing period before Christmas. Here’s a breakdown of the effects, both good and bad, of that addition. The other big one is that recruits can now take official visits before the end of their junior year instead of having to wait until their senior year to begin their five officials. Check out this article from the NCAA for a full report of all the new recruiting rules, and this helpful breakdown from our friends at SB Nation.
Have a good Monday, y’all.