NCB On The Trail: Gavin Skelly

Collins, Northwestern announce class

November, 13, 2013
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First-year Northwestern coach Chris Collins announced his four-player recruiting class on Wednesday.

The former Duke assistant inked ESPN 100 SF Victor Law (South Holland, Ill./St. Rita) along with SG Bryant McIntosh (Greensburg, Ind./Greensburg), SG Scott Lindsey (Hillside, Ill./Fenwick) and PF Gavin Skelly (Westlake, Ohio/Westlake).

"We're very excited about this class," Collins said. "We feel like we have addressed a lot of needs in our team. We have added length, athleticism and skill to what we already have in the program. All four are great young men and terrific student-athletes. They all love to play, and that's something that really stood out. They live in the gym and they want to get better. They're hungry to improve and are excited to be a part of our program. All of them are great fits for Northwestern."

The Wildcats have the 21st-ranked class in ESPN.com's RecruitingNation Top 40.

Top five undervalued classes 

September, 19, 2013
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Vanderbilt coach Kevin Stallings landed a commitment from his second four-star prospect in as many weeks over the weekend when Matthew Fisher-Davis (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Christian) joined Wade Baldwin (Hillsborough, N.J./St. Joseph).

With a pair of four-star prospects now on board in mid-September, Stallings’ class is considered good, but not great, by most national standards.

But the reality is that each school comes into the summer with different needs and priorities, and ultimately those objectives are tied to winning basketball games, not class rankings. Coaches consider fit, style, personnel, and a variety of other variables.

For Vanderbilt, that means looking for high-character guys who fit their system and culture. Given that approach, the Commodores are one of five schools off that couldn't hope to be off to a better start.

PG McIntosh commits to Northwestern

September, 10, 2013
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Class of 2014 point guard Bryant McIntosh committed to Northwestern on Monday.

The 6-foot-3 McIntosh, who attends Greensburg (Ind.) High School, chose the Wildcats over Dayton, Purdue, Vanderbilt and Xavier.

Northwestern coach Chris Collins and assistant coach Armon Gates spent nearly eight hours at an in-home visit with McIntosh on Monday. McIntosh committed to the Wildcats near the end of the evening in an unique way.

"On my [campus] visit, the coaches kept telling they were all-in on me,” McIntosh said in a phone interview. “They said they weren’t looking at any other point guards. I had a poker chip with the word ‘all’ and one with ‘in’ and slid them across the table and said, 'I am all-in on you, too.'

“It just felt like the perfect fit for me education-wise and with the relationship I built with coach Collins and coach Gates and everyone else who had a part in my recruitment. Everyone made me feel at home. I had a great visit, a great in-home visit. I’m a believer in Northwestern basketball and what they’re doing right now, and that’s why I committed.”

McIntosh is convinced Northwestern can be an NCAA tournament team early in his career, too. The Wildcats have never made the tournament.

“I really think we’ll have an opportunity to advance our freshman year,” McIntosh said. “The class is still being built, but we have some quality pieces. We’re just believing in Coach Collins. I think we’re going to be dancing early on. I’d be shocked if we’re not in the NCAA tourney by our sophomore year.”

ESPN recruiting coordinator Reggie Rankin said McIntosh provides the Wildcats with a versatile guard.

“He’s a combination guard that is smart, has a great feel, can make open shots and can slide over and contribute at the point without missing a beat because he has a nice handle and ability to involve teammates on the break or within the half-court offense,” Rankin said. “He’s a hot prospect coming out of the July evaluation period.”

McIntosh is Northwestern’s third class of 2014 recruit. He joins St. Rita (Chicago) small forward Vic Law and Westlake (Ohio) power forward Gavin Skelly in the class.

PF Gavin Skelly picks Northwestern

July, 29, 2013
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Gavin Skelly (Westlake, Ohio/Westlake), a 6-foot-8 power forward from the Class of 2014, gave Northwestern a verbal commitment on Monday, according to multiple reports.

Cleveland State, Miami (Ohio), Ohio, Bucknell, Toledo and Kent State were among the schools after Skelly.

The big man joins ESPN 100 SF Victor Law (South Holland, Ill./St. Rita) in new head coach Chris Collins' 2014 class.

UF commit among standouts in Orlando 

July, 28, 2013
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ORLANDO, Fla. -- The AAU Nationals and Super Showcase continued at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex on Saturday with more standout performances from elite recruits and sleepers alike. Among the stars on Saturday were Florida 2015 commit Kevarrius Hayes and ESPN 60 guard P.J. Dozier.

The Super Showcase Gold division will wrap up on Sunday as the semifinals will feature Each 1 Teach 1 versus Team Final and Howard Pulley against Boo Williams. The championship will be aired on ESPN3 at 2 p.m. ET.

Before things wrap up on Sunday, here’s a look at some of the top performers from Saturday’s action in Orlando.

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