In the fall, Northwestern added one player to the 2017 recruiting class. Chris Collins said in his press conference in November that they would be looking at the transfer and graduate transfer market to fill their remaining open scholarship. Let’s take a look at some of the players that would fit at Northwestern.
Transfers Eligible Immediately:
-Elijah Brown, Guard, New Mexico
Brown will transfer from New Mexico for his final season of eligibility. Brown finished the 2016-2017 season averaging 18.8 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 3.1 assists. Northwestern has a strong backcourt in Scottie Lindsey and Bryant McIntosh.
However, with Brown, Collins could play him as a second guard and let Lindsey play the wing, where he plays the best. Brown would also be a great piece off of the bench to come in and score consistently when McIntosh needs a break.
Transfers Who Will Sit Then Play
-Charlie Moore, Guard, Cal
Charlie Moore heard from Northwestern late last year when he reopened his recruitment. Northwestern didn’t have a scholarship available at the time, and Moore didn’t pick Northwestern. He chose instead to head out west to Cal, where he averaged 14.5 points, 3.2 assists and 2.1 rebounds in his freshman campaign. He is a Chicago native from Morgan Park High School.
Moore is transferring and plans on picking a school closer to home to be near his father, who is ill. Although Moore would have to sit a year, he would play a major role in his final three years of eligibility. This upcoming season will be the final season Northwestern will have Bryant McIntosh and Scottie Lindsey in the backcourt.
Moore would be in line to earn the starting spot in the 2018-2019 season. He has NCAA Tournament experience and he knows how to score the ball. Sitting a year would benefit Northwestern because Moore could learn from McIntosh and Lindsey in practice and games. He’d also have time to learn the playbook and get well-acquainted with the coaching staff.
-Mark Smith, Guard, Evansville, Illinois
Mark Smith originally committed to play baseball in high school. He had committed to play baseball at the University of Missouri in 2015. Later, he decided he wanted to play basketball instead. Slowly but surely, he has emerged as one of the top point guards in the country. His latest offer has come from Kentucky.
The good news for Collins is if Smith wants to stay local, Evanston is a great place. However, Smith has many other strong offers that have come in from other Big Ten Schools and other well-recognized programs across the country. Smith has a tough decision to make, but he would be a great player off the bench his first year. Following his freshman season, he’d have the opportunity to compete for a starting role.
These are just a few of the many prospects eligible to fill the vacant scholarship at Northwestern. Collins has many options, and within the next month, we will know the player joining Anthony Gaines in the 2017 class.