Northwestern Basketball is trying to keep the momentum up from an impressive 2018 recruiting class that included a pair of four star recruits and was ranked by 247Sports as the 33rd best recruiting class in the country. As of October, it looks Chris Collins is building a solid follow up class for 2019.
The current highlight of the class is highly touted power forward Robbie Beran, who committed to the Wildcats earlier in the week.
Beran, a 6’9” forward from Virginia, is ranked by 247Sports Composite rankings as the 78th best recruit in 2019 and the 15th best power forward in his class. The forward had previously visited Xavier, Wisconsin, Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech before a late September visit to Northwestern shortly before his commitment to the Wildcats.
“I love what they are building there and it’s something I want to be apart of,” said Beran about the Wildcats.
Beran’s commitment to Northwestern came just days after three-star center Jared Jones became the second commit for Northwestern in 2019.
Jones, a 6’9” center from Georgia, chose the Wildcats over Wake Forest and should add some size inside for Northwestern when he arrives on campus next season. Jones is ranked by 247Sports Composite rankings as the 181st best recruit in 2019 and the 34th best center in his class.
“I just loved the whole coaching staff,” Jones said when discussing the program. “The coaching staff and the players, they really wanted me there.”
Beran and Jones join Daniel Buie, Northwestern’s first commit for 2019. Buie, a 6’2” shooting guard, committed to the Wildcats earlier in September. The guard had several offers from mid-major programs including Boston University, Massachusetts and St. Bonaventure. 247Sports lists Buie as the 306th best recruit in 2019 and 37th best point guard in his class.
As of now 247Sports lists Northwestern as having the second best recruiting class in the Big Ten with the recent addition of Beran. The Wildcats current 2019 class is also good for 19th in the nation.
The Wildcats have built a solid recruiting class so far for 2019 and the team still has one more scholarship to fill for next season. Unfortunately the Wildcats missed out on Maceo Austin, a three-star guard that chose nearby Duquesne over the Wildcats. However, Collins still has plenty of time to fill up the final spot for his 2019 class.