NU basketball recruiting notebook

NU basketball recruiting notebook

It's a busy time for Northwestern's recruiting efforts, with the coaches traveling the country visiting prospects. PurpleWildcats debuts its newest feature, the weekly Northwestern basketball recruiting notebook.

Sina reaches milestones

Last week, future Wildcat Jaren Sina became the all-time leading scorer at Gill St. Bernard's school in New Jersey—breaking the school record of 1,978 points. Northwestern head coach Bill Carmody was in the building as his prized recruit surpassed that mark in a 77-63 win over Hillsborough, and expectations are high for the three-star guard's arrival in Evanston.

Days later, Sina broke 2,000 points for his career in a 76-54 win over Watchung Hills, with NU assistant and New Jersey-area recruiter Fred Hill watching closely.

The senior guard and his Knights are currently 13-6 as they wrap up their schedule and look to the state playoffs. Sina has earned nominations for New Jersey's Mr. Basketball award, as well as the McDonald's All-American Game.

Taphorn leads Pekin into state tournament

It's been a successful season for Nate Taphorn and his Pekin (IL) Dragons. They sit at 15-7, 7-4 in conference play after Saturday's 40-35 win over Metamora. The 6-foot-7 forward and Northwestern signee led his team with 13 points, going 6-6 from the foul line.

Pekin holds the third seed in their state regional and will face Peoria Richwoods on February 27 for a berth in the regional finals. The three-star recruit is widely considered one of the top three-point shooters in the 2013 class.

New Scout 2014 rankings include Northwestern targets

A pair of Northwestern recruits earned their place on Scout's updated 2014 Top 100: Vic Law of Chicago St. Rita, and Minneapolis De La Salle's Reid Travis.

Law, a 6-foot-7 forward, checks in as a four-star prospect for the first time at No. 48 overall. His stock has skyrocketed based upon a very strong junior season, and Northwestern offered a scholarship back in January.

The local product is strong in the classroom and does a little bit of everything on the court; he's an above-average shooter and possesses great skill at his size. He possesses a long frame that projects well at the high-major level, and his signature would certainly be a boon for the Wildcats. Schools including DePaul, Florida State, Harvard, Providence and Virginia Tech are also hot on his trail.

Listed at No. 95 is Travis, also a 6-foot-7 forward and outstanding student-athlete. He can play both inside and out, comfortable facing up or with his back to the basket. Hailing from the same Minnesota Pump-N-Run AAU program as current Wildcat Sanjay Lumpkin, Travis also holds an offer from Northwestern. He comes from a family of high-major athletes, with brothers Jonah and Ross playing ball at Harvard and Penn State, respectively.

Travis is garnering interest from around the country, with options including Butler, Harvard, Iowa State, Nebraska, Penn State, Purdue and USC. A rare two-sport athlete, Travis is also a standout quarterback at De La Salle, and hopes to have the chance to play both sports in college. Boston College is the only school to have pitched both so far. Maybe Bill Carmody should give Pat Fitzgerald a call.

Later this week: Wade Baldwin update

Three-star prospect Wade Baldwin of St. Joseph-Metuchen (NJ) High rates as the twenty-fifth best shooting guard in the 2014 class. The 6-foot-3 junior is another of Fred Hill's New Jersey targets, and holds an offer from the Wildcats as they hope to strengthen their pipeline from the East Coast. Hill has told Baldwin he compares to Randy Foye of the Utah Jazz, a player Hill coached while assisting at Villanova.

One of Northwestern's top targets, Baldwin put up 30 points, 18 in the fourth quarter in a St. Joseph loss last week. PurpleWildcats will have more from Baldwin later this week as he updates us on his recruitment.

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