Thursday, July 4, 2013
Law a historic recruit for Northwestern
By Dave Telep
The Chris Collins era got off to a fantastic start in recruiting on Thursday when ESPN 100 small forward Victor Law (South Holland, Ill/St. Rita) committed to Northwestern over VCU and Dayton.
Law, who is the nation’s No. 66 prospect in the Class of 2014, is Collins’ first recruit at Northwestern and the highest ranked for the Wildcats in recent memory.
If he makes it to Northwestern, he would be the program’s first ESPN 100 player since the rankings began in 2007. ESPN 100 point guard Jaren Sina originally signed with Northwestern in the 2013 class but decommitted and signed with Seton Hall after the Wildcats fired Bill Carmody this spring.
ESPN 100 SF Victor Law gave Chris Collins his first commitment at Northwestern and the program's highest-ranked recruit in recent memory.
As a junior, Law averaged 15 points and seven rebounds per game for St. Rita.
“I really believe in Chris Collins and Northwestern is a great fit for me,” Law said. “It was a no-brainer. I didn’t even take an official there, but Chris Collins’ energy was so great. He has that Duke pedigree with his connections, and his staff was lively and down to earth. They’re humble and I felt a strong connection with coach Collins as a person.”
Northwestern is not accustomed to wrangling ESPN 100 commitments, so Law’s pledge carries a great deal of significance. The implications of this commitment for Collins’ program within the state of Illinois and the surrounding areas are significant.
Law’s decision was made easier by the fact that his sister plays at Loyola and staying close to home was made a more viable option with Collins at the helm for Northwestern.
“I think it’s a great jump start for Chris to get a kid from Chicago who has grades,” St. Rita coach Gary DeCesare said. “This is a great academic school.”
Law is a skilled wing player with upside on both ends of the floor and is a better shooter than he showed during the Nike EYBL sessions this spring on the AAU circuit. On the high school level, he has been coached by DeCesare, a former assistant coach in college and head coach in the New York City high school ranks.
Not only will Law enter Northwestern with a reputation, he should have a better chance of playing early because of the program’s need and his makeup. He’s been coached, mentored and conditioned for this next step.
“I think he’s a very skilled wing with great size,” DeCesare said. “He’s got versatility, which allows him to defend multiple positions. He didn’t [have a good EYBL season] and that hurt his rankings, but I think he’s really, really good. He knocks down shots, creates shots. He’s got that unbelievable versatility.”