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BREAKING: NUMBB lands Rowan Brumbaugh, the highest-ranked commit in program history

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News big enough for basketball to steal our attention just a few days before football season begins.

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Long having been rumored as a potential get for the ‘Cats, news broke today that Rowan Brumbaugh — a four-star point guard in the class of 2022 — has committed to play for Northwestern, according to On3 Recruits’ Joseph Tipton.

Brumbaugh profiles as one of if not the most highly touted prospect to commit to the men’s basketball program in its history, as he’s ranked 86th nationally in the 247 Sports composite rankings for the 2022 class. Additionally, he sits just behind Pete Nance and Casey Simmons as the highest-rated recruit in Northwestern history in terms of 247Sports composite score with a 0.9550 (for reference, Nance had a score of 0.9654 and Simmons had a 0.9560). The 6-foot-4 point guard out of Northfield, Massachusetts, is also the 10th highest-rated player at his position and ranked as the second best recruit in his state. Additionally, the On3 top 100 rankings list him as the 55th best player in the class of ‘22, which is to say no matter which site you could check, he’s regarded as high-caliber prospect.

Brumbaugh had offers from a number of other power conference programs, such as Georgetown, Wisconsin, Maryland and Butler, however, there had been a lot of hype surrounding his name in connection to the Northwestern program, and obviously the ‘Cats won out in the end in this recruiting battle. On3 also listed Kansas, Texas, Oregon and Miami as schools that Brumbaugh was considering in his selection process.

When asked by Tipton and On3 about why he chose Northwestern, Brumbaugh replied that, “I have always been the type of kid to bet on myself and go the way that people doubt.”

“I want to create my own legacy and really build this program up. I have a great relationship with Coach Collins and I really think my game can mature and develop incredibly under him.”

When Brumbaugh arrives in 2022, there project to be a number of point guards still on the roster, such as Boo Buie (who would be a senior by then), Julian Roper, while slightly bigger guards Ty Berry and Chase Audige could still hold on-ball responsibilities.

Still, Brumbaugh is touted as highly as he is for a reason, so it’s increasingly likely that he’ll have no trouble finding time on the court when he arrives in Evanston next year.