Are the Cats Poised for Greatness?

Are the Cats Poised for Greatness?

<b>Lindsey Willhite</b>, in a column today, outlined what he sees as the ingredients for a successful NCAA Tournament Team.<br><br> We're not sure why he ignored the <b>Wildcats</b> in his analysis, but NU appears to be gathering all the parts needed for a <b>Big 10</b>, and <b>NCAA Tournament</b> run...

Based on Linsey Willhite's observations:
And a quick recap of our Basketball team by class, you'd have to project Northwestern as a major player in the Big Ten in the next two years.

Lindsey had two criteria for success in reaching the NCAA Tournament in his Daily Herald article today: Senior Leadership and former McDonald's All Americans.

Senior Leadership: Its too bad Jitim Young is graduating because he's definitely been the Senior Leader, ever since he arrived in Evanston. I wouldn't want to break up the Bill Carmody Brain Trust, but if there was some way to keep Jitim on or near the bench in the future, I'd do it.

But there seems to be another couple of guys starting to take an upper classmen's leadership role. Start with the guy from Duke -- Michael Thompson is already talking the talk, even though he can't walk the walk yet. Wait 'til next year.

Then there's the guy charged with leading the team on the floor - T.J. Parker. You get the feeling from reading his interview comments that he's deferring to Jitim as he gradually takes over. The other regular who is possibly ready to get out and lead, and who will be a Senior next year, is Davor Duvancic, you just wish he'd become more consistent on the floor to have the credentials to push the rest of the team.

Which brings up the other starter at forward, Vedran Vukusic. He's a quiet guy, who lets his play do the talking. Next year he'll be the guy with all the minutes up front, is he the next sparkplug?

McDonald's All Americans: Who would have thought that NU would have a legitimate MAA guy playing next year.

Michael Thompson has yet to play a minute for the Cats, but already I feel a sense of anticipation. He was pretty vocal his first few days at NU, but now has quietly assumed a practice role as he burns his Redshirt/Sitout year. You wonder if he's the next sparkplug, or just the next big guy in the middle.

So....based on what Lindsey outlined, NU appears poised to take a leadership role in the Big 10 in the next two years.

All we need is a floor leader to appear next Fall and take charge.

You can find the Lindsey Willhite's Daily Herald column here

2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
G/F 25 - Jitim Young
C 31 - Davor Duvancic 31-Davor Duvancic
F 11- Vedran Vukusic 11- Vedran Vukusic 11- Vedran Vukusic
G 14 - Mohamed Hachad 14 - Mohamed Hachad 14 - Mohamed Hachad
G 1 - T.J. Parker 1 - T.J. Parker 1 - T.J. Parker
F 43 - Patrick Town 43 - Patrick Town?
G 24 - Evan Seacat 24 - Evan Seacat 24 - Evan Seacat
C Michael Thompson+ Michael Thompson+ Michael Thompson+
G/F 00 - Tim Doyle 00 - Tim Doyle 00 - Tim Doyle 00 - Tim Doyle
C 10 - Ivan Tolic 10 - Ivan Tolic 10 - Ivan Tolic 10 - Ivan Tolic
C 52 - Vince Scott 52 - Vince Scott 52 - Vince Scott 52 - Vince Scott
G Brandon Lee Brandon Lee Brandon Lee Brandon Lee Brandon Lee?
G Sterling Williams Sterling Williams Sterling Williams Sterling Williams Sterling Williams?
G Gary Lee Gary Lee Gary Lee Gary Lee Gary Lee?
G 5 - Michael Jenkins* 5 - Michael Jenkins* 5 - Michael Jenkins* 
G 34-Josh Grier* 34-Josh Grier* 34-Josh Grier*
G 2 - Joe Kennedy* 2 - Joe Kennedy* 2 - Joe Kennedy*

Red - Redshirt Year [Players without numbers are Class of 2004 Commits]
Dark Red - If they redshirt during their time at NU
Dark Purple - Regular Players in 2003
Poss Medical Redshirt
Starter - in 2003
+ - McDonald's All American
* - Walk-on Player


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