Northwestern still doesn’t have a basketball commit for the 2019 class, which isn’t ideal. It isn’t time to panic, but, to have no commits at this stage means there will be more urgency to secure commitments in the coming weeks. Chris Collins dished out an early wave of offers to a bunch of elite prospects, but it seems he’s missed on the majority of those. Here’s a summary of the offers Collins and his staff have given out in recent weeks.
Robbie Beran (2019)
Beran is unranked by the 247Sports composite and Rivals, but he’s tabbed as the No. 80 recruit in the country by 247. At 6-foot-9, Beran has impressed this summer on the AAU circuit, picking up a ton of offers. He’s been offered by Tennessee, Xavier, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Rutgers and Virginia Tech, among others. The Richmond product has visited Boston College unofficially, but expect his recruitment to heat up in the fall. Beran is a skilled big, and would be a nice coup for Northwestern.
David Roddy (2019)
Roddy is a two-sport athlete, drawing collegiate offers for both football and basketball. NU offered the Minneapolis native for hoops after his performance in the Las Vegas Classic, becoming his first Power Five offer — Nebraska and his home-state Minnesota have since offered. At 6-foot-5 and 250 pounds, Roddy is an undersized big who thrives in small lineups. He’s proven he has perimeter game this summer, and would be an interesting lineup chip for Collins to play with. Roddy may even catch Pat Fitzgerald’s eye as a walk-on.
Donovan Williams (2019)
NU offered the explosive 6-foot-5 shooting guard, but he recently announced a top five of Arizona State, Texas, Miami, Texas A&M and Georgia, leaving NU off the list. Williams would’ve been a good pickup, but that ship has apparently sailed.
Maceo Austin (2019)
Austin, a 6-foot-4 shooting guard out of Hermitage, Pennsylvania recently included NU in his top four, along with Penn State, VCU and Duquesne. Austin isn’t rated as highly, but he’s a good shooter and a solid playmaker. Though he’s slight at 170 pounds, he could still likely play the lead guard role for NU. Given his offer sheet and top four, Austin could very well end up in Evanston.
Daniel Buie (2019)
NU represents the only Power 5 offer for the 6-foot-2 point guard out of Albany. There hasn’t been much buzz surrounding Buie’s recruitment, but he could provide needed point guard depth behind Ryan Greer (and Anthony Gaines). He’s crafty off the dribble and could fit in as a slashing playmaker in Collins’s offense.
Yavuz Gultekin (2019)
Gultekin is a 6-foot-7 forward out of Maryland, and he’s seen his recruitment rise this summer. He holds offers from Georgetown, Nebraska, Minnesota, Penn State, Kansas State and TCU. Dubbed the “Turkish Ticket,” Gultekin is a versatile player who can play multiple positions on the wing.
Prince Gillam (2019)
Gillam, a 6-foot-7, 225 pound forward out of Fresno, California, has been also offered by Cincinatti, Nevada and VCU. He’s a strong, physical forward who excels on the defensive end, and would slide in nicely as a 4 or a small-ball 5.
Dain Dainja (2020)
Collins has offered plenty of 2020 prospects already, and Dainja joins the list. He’s already been offered by Marquette, Clemson, Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Texas A&M, West Virginia, Tennessee and Xavier, among others, and that list should continue to grow. The 6-foot-8, 240-pound Minneapolis big is physical and skilled on the perimeter, and will be a sought after prospect during the 2020 cycle.