Thursday, July 4, 2013
Law gives Wildcats talent, versatility
By Reggie Rankin
New head coach Chris Collins is on the board with his first recruit at Northwestern, and it’s an important, highly ranked prospect from the fertile, in-state ground of Illinois.
ESPN 100 small forward Victor Law (South Holland, Ill./St. Rita), the No. 66 overall player in the Class of 2014, committed to the Wildcats on Thursday over the likes of Dayton, Georgia Tech, Harvard, Stanford and VCU.
What will the No. 6-ranked prospect in Illinois bring to Northwestern?
At 6-foot-8, 195 pounds, Law is a skilled and versatile wing who can score in a variety of ways. He is also a good perimeter rebounder and capable multiple-position defender who should fit the former Duke assistant coach’s style of play on both ends of the floor.
The four-star small forward will be a tough matchup in Northwestern’s offense, starting on the defensive glass, where he can rebound and start the break with a bust-out dribble. Law will be a threat to go coast to coast and finish through contact or draw the foul.
In the half court, Northwestern will run a motion-style offense with excellent spacing that will create driving lanes and multiple screening actions. Law will be able to take full advantage of those driving lanes with his ability to makes plays off the dribble, as he can spin and finish at the rim with his length and bounce.
Law will be able to post up and shoot over smaller defenders as well. He will knock down mid-range shots when he receives kick-out passes and can hit open 3s mostly off the catch when his feet are set.
Entries to start the possession and end-of-clock situations should also suit Law extremely well. Collins will be able to get Law early looks in possessions with entries that flow into motion and also looks at the end of possessions with ball screens where he can receive passes from a teammate’s dribble penetration.
In the Wildcats’ pressure man-to-man defense, Law is a solid multiple-position defender. He is a good athlete who has the length to guard both wing positions and maybe a power forward in a small lineup. His athleticism and versatility also makes it easy for him to switch in end-of-clock situations.
Law will bring talent, versatility and scoring to Northwestern and he will have an opportunity to be an immediate contributor.