The other member of Northwestern's 2012 recruiting class, 6-foot-11 center Alex Olah, has yet to submit his letter of intent due to complications. The Romanian-born student, who currently lives in Whitestown, IN, has to submit his letter back home.
Olah was the first member of Northwestern's 2012 recruiting class, giving his commitment on April 13th—a joint commitment with Milos Kostic, his teammate on the CAPS All-Stars AAU team.
Lumpkin, a three-star guard, gave his commitment on August 5th. He credited his commitment to a strong relationship with Coach Carmody, who stepped in as his lead recruiter.
“It meant a lot to me seeing Coach Carmody at every AAU game,” Lumpkin said after giving his commitment. “He was there regardless of the score or regardless of who we were playing. Also, having him personally telling me that he wants to be responsible for my recruitment meant a lot.”
Carmody got the chance to watch Lumpkin play many times over the summer. The Minnesota Pump N Run made multiple stops in the Chicago-area, plus Carmody made many visits in Wayzata.
"Sanjay does everything pretty well,” said Carmody in a statement. “He fits into the mold of the type of player that I like who can play anywhere on the court and feel comfortable. He can post guys up, take his man off the dribble, shoot from the outside and he cuts very well. You can throw him out there and not worry about his position so much as far as whether he's a guard or a forward."
Four days later, Abrahamson gave his verbal commitment while visiting Northwestern’s campus—his second visit in a three-week span. He told the coaches of his decision while touring campus.
Abrahamson, the 26th-ranked small forward, according to Scout.com, had narrowed down his list of options, and was planning on giving his commitment to the Wildcats while touring campus. Only one issue … he didn’t know how, exactly, he was supposed to make it official.
“It was kind of the elephant in the room, I didn’t know how I was supposed to do it,” Abrahamson said. “We got out to the lake; we were walking along, just me and Coach Carmody. That’s when I committed.”
The news surely came as a pleasant surprise for Carmody, who added a strong outside shooter to replace John Shurna in 2012.
"Kale is a very good shooter and he has very good range, but what I like is his versatility,” Carmody said. “He's active and can dribble and pass the ball. He's an athletic kid and at the end of the day, he puts the ball in the basket. We'll be losing a frontline of guys who are able to score, so I think he's going to help fill that need next year. Plus, he a great desire to be a very good player."
Lumpkin and Abrahamson are expected to play as freshman, and Olah may see significant playing time, too. Olah has until November 16th to submit his letter of intent in the early signing period. Otherwise, he will have to wait until April 11th. Northwestern coaches are still pursuing more additions for the class.