NCB On The Trail: Victor Law

Roundtable: Non-top 50 impact players 

February, 11, 2014
Freshmen have been the talk of this college basketball season, and while the likes of Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker, Joel Embiid, and Julius Randle have all been as good as advertised, there have certainly been plenty of surprises as well.

Tyler Ennis rose up the rankings to the No. 20 spot in the final ESPN 100 of 2013, but few could have predicted that he would this good this early for Syracuse.

Then there are those like Texas’ Isaiah Taylor, Kansas State’s Marcus Foster, and Villanova’s Josh Hart, freshmen who have exceeded the prevailing expectations at the time of their signings and have made an immediate impact.

In some cases, these contributions can be more predictable than others, such as when there is an immediate opportunity or a particularly good fit with the program’s style of play. With that in mind, we asked our team of RecruitingNation experts to look ahead and identify one current ESPN 100 prospect outside of the top 50 who they believe can make a notable immediate contribution.

Collins, Northwestern announce class

November, 13, 2013
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's RecruitingNation Top 40.

Top five undervalued classes 

September, 19, 2013
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.

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PF Gavin Skelly picks Northwestern

July, 29, 2013
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.
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?

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Law a historic recruit for Northwestern 

July, 4, 2013
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.

Victor Law
Kelly Kline/Getty ImagesESPN 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.

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