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Top 150 small forward Brooks Barnhizer commits to Northwestern

How’s this for a Father’s Day surprise?

In the midst of a quiet and seemingly uneventful Father’s Day, class of 2021 small forward Brooks Barnhizer verbally committed to Northwestern, according to a video he posted on Twitter.

The Indiana native chose Northwestern over a wide range of schools including Xavier, Western Kentucky, Butler and Yale. Butler was predicted as his most likely landing spot after he was recruited by Jeff Meyer, but Collins and the ‘Cats ultimately edged out the Bulldogs.

Barnhizer is the eighth-ranked overall prospect in his state, the 36th best small forward in his class and the 149th best player in the nation, according to 247sports.

247 classifies him as a three-star prospect and last gave him a composite rating of 0.9169 on January 31.

The 6-foot-6, 200-pound forward joins now four-star shooting guard Julian Roper as the second commit of the highly anticipated class of 2021. Patrick Baldwin Jr. and Max Christie remain top targets for the class, but Barnhizer helps establish a more solid foundation to entice those coveted prospects.

With Barnhizer’s commitment, NU now has one scholarship spot available for the class of 2021. It could become two if Anthony Gaines decides against a fifth year.