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Northwestern basketball recruiting update: The Wildcats make 2019 and 2020 offers

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Who is Chris Collins going after on the recruiting trail?

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It’s been a few weeks since our last basketball recruiting update, but Chris Collins and his staff have been busy on the recruiting trail. Here’s a breakdown of some of Northwestern’s recent offers.

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Northwestern offered 2019 point guard Ryan Greer, a 6-foot-2 point guard from Atlanta. Greer attends Northfield Mount Hermon in Massachusetts, the same high school Aaron Falzon went to.

Greer has good handles and strength around the basket, and displays a smooth stroke from beyond the arc. Though Northwestern and DePaul are his only major-conference offers, Stanford is also reportedly in the mix. It’s still early, so Greer should see increased recruiting action as the process unfolds.

Isiah Brown’s transfer puts Northwestern behind the eight ball with its guard depth, so finding another ball-handler in the 2019 class is important. Collins’s strong ties to the New England prep leagues should only help in the efforts to pursue Greer.

A prospect with a great story

There aren’t many recruits that have a journey quite like Majok Deng.

Deng grew up in war-torn Sudan, before living in a refugee camp for years. Deng eventually made it to Tuscon, Ariz. where he’s become an elite prospect. Deng, a 6-foot-5 forward with an elite motor, has been racking up offers, including one from Northwestern.

Arizona, UCLA, Ohio State and Nebraska are some of the schools in on Deng, so he’s going to be a tough get. His game could use some polish, but he’s a long, explosive athlete, which has enticed coaches around the country.

You can read more on his incredible story here.

Collins gets rolling on 2020

The class of 2019 is far from finalized but Chris Collins is thinking ahead, making his first 2020 offer to Pennsylvania guard Ethan Morton, ranked in the top 60 of his class by both 247Sports and Rivals.

At 6-foot-5, Morton uses his length to finish well around the rim. He’s already accumulated an impressive list of offers, including Indiana, Ohio State, Butler, Purdue, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin, among others.

It seems like Morton would be a long-shot for Northwestern, but then again, Collins beat out many schools on that list to get Pete Nance and Miller Kopp last year.