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10:37 AM ET 10.26 | Among Northwestern's biggest failures under previous coaching regimes, aside from never making the NCAA tournament, was the inability to make inroads with top-tier Chicago talent. Then the school hired Chris Collins this offseason, and immediately Northwestern received a commitment from St. Rita's Vic Law and gained interest from other area players.

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October 26, 2013  10:46 AM ET

Chicago was traditionally Don Haskins' (The Bear) recruiting turf. But finding 6'10" 4.0 GPA nerds might be a tall order.

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October 26, 2013  11:42 AM ET
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Chicago was traditionally Don Haskins' (The Bear) recruiting turf. But finding 6'10" 4.0 GPA nerds might be a tall order.

Harley, this was my thesis for the entire 6 years I lived in Chicago (Wilmette right on the Evanston border): Why wasn't NW Duke?
If you gave me only the Chicago area to recruit from and gave me first pick of any high school student until I filled my roster year after year. I would be in the final four every yr with at least one NC every 4/5 yrs.
I am not exaggerating when I make this statement. Cook County, IL is ground zero of HS bball for the past 15 years and if it wasn't GZ before that then it was clear #2. In the past decade alone just go see who the AP college player of the year was and then ask where did he play HS ball? In 2009 4 of the 5 first team all AP were from Cook County. The #1 HS player again (Jabari Parker) is from Chicago.
I could never understand why NW did not become Duke.

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October 26, 2013  12:14 PM ET
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Harley, this was my thesis for the entire 6 years I lived in Chicago (Wilmette right on the Evanston border): Why wasn't NW Duke?If you gave me only the Chicago area to recruit from and gave me first pick of any high school student until I filled my roster year after year. I would be in the final four every yr with at least one NC every 4/5 yrs. I am not exaggerating when I make this statement. Cook County, IL is ground zero of HS bball for the past 15 years and if it wasn't GZ before that then it was clear #2. In the past decade alone just go see who the AP college player of the year was and then ask where did he play HS ball? In 2009 4 of the 5 first team all AP were from Cook County. The #1 HS player again (Jabari Parker) is from Chicago.I could never understand why NW did not become Duke.

Sounds similar to what Guy Lewis said when he was the U of Houston coach back in the Elvin Hayes and Phi Slamma Jamma days. He said if he could just keep the best players in Houston at home he could go far in the NCAA tourney every year.

He didn't build a good fence around Houston like LUS has done for his bayou aggies.

October 26, 2013  12:15 PM ET
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Chicago was traditionally Don Haskins' (The Bear) recruiting turf. But finding 6'10" 4.0 GPA nerds might be a tall order.

Still say Tim Hardaway, Sr would have made an all pro defensive back in the NFL. He was one tough dude.

October 26, 2013  01:36 PM ET
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Still say Tim Hardaway, Sr would have made an all pro defensive back in the NFL. He was one tough dude.

TH: "I got SKEEELS."

October 26, 2013  01:41 PM ET
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Harley, this was my thesis for the entire 6 years I lived in Chicago (Wilmette right on the Evanston border): Why wasn't NW Duke?If you gave me only the Chicago area to recruit from and gave me first pick of any high school student until I filled my roster year after year...I could never understand why NW did not become Duke.

Perhaps Nerdwestern academic admission standards have been/are too stringent for most Chicago-area HS BBall players?

October 26, 2013  02:03 PM ET
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Perhaps Nerdwestern academic admission standards have been/are too stringent for most Chicago-area HS BBall players?

That is what folks would say Harley but then the same kids (JohnScheyer Duke; Evan Turner tOSU) just to name a couple go elsewhere.

October 26, 2013  03:04 PM ET
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Harley, this was my thesis for the entire 6 years I lived in Chicago (Wilmette right on the Evanston border): Why wasn't NW Duke?If you gave me only the Chicago area to recruit from and gave me first pick of any high school student until I filled my roster year after year. I would be in the final four every yr with at least one NC every 4/5 yrs. I am not exaggerating when I make this statement. Cook County, IL is ground zero of HS bball for the past 15 years and if it wasn't GZ before that then it was clear #2. In the past decade alone just go see who the AP college player of the year was and then ask where did he play HS ball? In 2009 4 of the 5 first team all AP were from Cook County. The #1 HS player again (Jabari Parker) is from Chicago.I could never understand why NW did not become Duke.

He's right. I live in Burr Ridge and Northwestern could get tons of players from Hinsdale Central and Lyon Township too.

 
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