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Lacrosse Star Patrick Spencer To Play Basketball At Northwestern

Spencer will have one year of eligibility with the Wildcats

NCAA Basketball: Purdue at Northwestern Nuccio DiNuzzo-USA TODAY Sports

Jeff Goodman of Stadium made a surprise announcement on Thursday that lacrosse star Patrick Spencer committed to Northwestern to play basketball.

Spencer completed four years of lacrosse at Loyola-Maryland, so under NCAA rules, he can play one season as a graduate transfer at Northwestern.

Spencer was one of the best lacrosse players in the country while at Loyola-Maryland. Before the season he was named the Preseason Player of the Year. This season he scored 40 goals and dished out 65 assists. He took home all kinds of hardware at the end of the season. He was named the Patriot League Player of the Year for the third consecutive year. He also won the Tewaaraton Award, considered the top individual NCAA Division I lacrosse award. Take a look at some of his lacrosse highlights here.

Spencer can also get it done on the hardwood.

Spencer stopped playing hoops after high school. But as a high schooler, Spencer was named second team all-city by the Baltimore Sun after averaging 14.3 points, 8.1 rebounds, and 6.1 assists his senior season. Take a look at some of his dunking highlights as a senior.

The 6-foot-3 Spencer had an offer to play basketball for Loyola-Maryland after the season but wanted to pursue basketball at a higher level. That’s where Northwestern came in.

Spencer visited the Wildcats mid-week and made his decision. Here’s a quote from Spencer form an article in the Capital Gazette.

“I had talked to my father last night and we both felt confident and comfortable with the situation.”

Spencer should have plenty of opportunities to prove himself as a key player for the Wildcats next season. The Wildcats lose their top three leading scorers and need help in the backcourt.

While unconventional, this will be a fun story to watch next season. Spencer is a phenomenal athlete and should have some opportunities to make a big impact for Chris Collins and Northwestern next season.