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Northwestern basketball target Cormac Ryan commits to Stanford

Well dang. One of the Wildcats’ top 2018 recruits is headed west.

247 Sports

After a tough showing in the 2017 cycle, Chris Collins is 0 for 1 in the Class of 2018.

Cormac Ryan, a four-star guard from Milton, MA, has committed to Stanford, he told the New York Post. Ryan chose the Cardinal over Northwestern, Michigan, Notre Dame, Villanova, and Yale.

Ryan, who has been shining for the New York Rens on the Nike EYBL AAU circuit, was seemingly one of Collins’ top priorities and there was plenty of momentum towards him coming to Northwestern.

According to the story, Ryan cited Stanford’s combination of academics and the chance to make an immediate impact as reasons for his decision. He said he likes that Stanford plans to play him at point guard, whereas some other schools considered him a combo guard or shooting guard. Ryan also said that Stanford having put together a strong 2017 class influenced his choice. It’s possible that Northwestern only having one 2017 signee, Anthony Gaines, may have hurt Collins’ chances.

This is a tough blow for Wildcat fans, but it’s not even close to a reason to panic. Collins and his staff are still in the running for plenty of talented recruits, and this decision means they can put more of their focus and attention on those other players.