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Waiting for a Star to Fall
When Collins arrived in Evanston, his plan was to build up a base of high 3-star and 4-star recruits, then when you had enough of a veteran core of those guys, go into Chicago and convince the 5-star recruit that he could stay home and the team could make a deep run in March with him. Collins successfully pulled off the 1st part of his plan, as he has brought a steady stream of high 3-star and 4-star recruits to Evanston. He’s failed at the 2nd part, coming up short with Ayo Dosunmu, Patrick Baldwin, Max Christie and others.
Nance is a very good player, and it’s been great to watch him develop into the likely All-Big 10 player he is today. But imagine if he was the No. 2 option instead of the No. 1. This team is 1 player away from being special. Unfortunately for Collins, he hasn’t been able to bring in that player. He came close to pulling off his plan, but he fell short, and that’s why his teams are regularly in close games but more often than not come up short.
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I know this is old news, but it hurts when you have a son of a former NU basketball great, who himself is a former NU ballboy, who turns into a 5-star recruit 30 minutes from campus, and he spurns NU to go to another school. There is enough talent on this NU roster that if you add Christie to it, we’re going to the tourney. If Collins had somehow landed Christie and Baldwin, we’d be making a deep run in the tourney.
Apparently Christie has a younger brother who is just as good. Don’t screw this one up again Collins!
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A NU Low
1 of our 2 most talented players, and a team captain, just left the program because he presumably wants to have a chance at a winning season, to play with other players of his caliber, and to better showcase his skills for the NFL. The part that hurts the most? This is a smart decision by Joseph.
Skowronek was in a similar position a few years ago, albeit less of an NFL prospect. He got to play with a future NFL QB, advance to the playoff, and he’s now earning an NFL paycheck.
Don’t sugarcoat it, our program is in the ICU right now. We might be in the worst shape we’ve been in since Barnett took over in the early 90s. I remember the terrible teams of the late 90s, but those teams were loaded with young talent that was a year or two away from breaking out. Now? We don’t have a competent QB, the TE position has been an abyss for years, our front 7 might be the worst in P5, a position group we thought was a strength (secondary) just lost our best player, and whoever our kicker will be couldn’t beat out a guy who couldn’t make a 30-yarder last season. Worst of all, the guy running the program is stuck in his ways and won’t make the necessary changes. Expect more 3-9 seasons ahead.
Big blow to the program. No way we’re getting anyone with that pedigree at this stage of the 2022 recruiting cycle, and it’s unlikely we’re pulling someone like that out of the transfer portal. Seems like a Brumbaugh had a good situation at NU with some talented young wings and a starting position waiting for him his sophomore year. We’ll see where he ends up . . .