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Northwestern basketball makes 2018 recruit Miller Kopp’s top six

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It’s going to be a tough competition for the sweet-shooting wing’s services.

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As expected, Northwestern is right in the thick of things for three-star Miller Kopp.

The Houston Christian product released his top six schools on Friday, and the Wildcats have some solid competition for the talented 6-foot-6 forward.

With early commitments from Jordan Lathon and Pete Nance, Northwestern has two spots remaining in its 2018 class. Of the other five schools that Kopp is considering, only Michigan has begun to fill out its class. Of course the Wildcats beat out Michigan, among others, for Pete Nance, while Lathon held an impressive offer list that included Butler. This is familiar territory for Chris Collins and his staff; now they have to close the deal once again.

For now, Kopp’s lone scheduled official visit is to Evanston for the weekend of Sept. 15-17. Collins will be in Houston for a home visit on Sept. 10.

In an interview with D1vision.com, here’s what Kopp had to say about Northwestern.

“Coach [Chris] Collins is definitely a coach who has a vision for me and we’ve developed a great relationship throughout the spring and summer. He didn’t miss any of my games all summer.”

Kopp’s recruitment has blown up due to his stellar play on the Under Armour circuit. Running with the Houston Defenders, Kopp averaged 20.2 points and 5.3 rebounds in 15 games. He notably left Georgia Tech, Kansas State, Ole Miss and Miami off his top six.

While it may only be Collins visiting Kopp in Houston, Northwestern’s coaching staff isn’t alone in the recruiting efforts. Lathon and Nance have already reached out to Kopp, hoping the coveted forward will be the third member of the already well-regarded 2018 class.

It’s an impressive list of schools, but this recruiting period has been different for Northwestern. Reaping the rewards of an NCAA Tournament berth and Welsh-Ryan renovations, the Wildcats are competing for — and landing — highly touted recruits. With that in mind, Northwestern should be one of the favorites for Kopp’s services.