Last year, Northwestern introduced a new basketball coach in Chris Collins.
This year? A new team. Seven of the 13 players on the roster never have suited up for Northwestern, including transfer Jeremiah Kreisberg (Yale) and walk-on Nick Seguara.
Here’s Collins take on the five freshmen after having coached them in 13 summer practices.
Call them The Fairly Fab 5.
Vic Law (6-7, 185): “An elite athlete. A very versatile defender. At some point in his career, he’ll be an all-defensive team Big Ten guy. He can guard positions 1-4. He’s a really good all-around player. I don’t want him pigeonholed to what Drew (Crawford) did because they’re different. First of all, Drew is five years older. Drew is more of a scorer. Vic should be a guy who gets 10-12 points, 7-8 rebounds, 4-5 assists, a couple of steals and a couple of blocks. He can affect the game in a lot of different ways. Maybe he can become a go-to scorer when he gets older. He’ll have a key role right away. He’s different than a lot of the guys we have.”
Bryant McIntosh (6-3, 177): “Very good guard. He can play both spots, has good size but is more of a lead guard. A point guard. He’s a winner. Back-to-back state titles in Indiana. He can score, he’s a really good passer. He’ll allow us to play more in pick-and-rolls. Last year Tre was really the only guy we had that you could put in pick-and-rolls and get some stuff done. Bryant is very mature and has been well coached. I think he’ll be ready right away to be a rotational guy.”
Gavin Skelly (6-8, 219): “He has a Big Ten-ready body. He’s very athletic, 6-8, 225, an above-the-rim athlete. Aggressive on the glass. He can be a 4 or 5 on the frontline. He’ll have his opportunities to carve out a spot for himself.”
Scott Lindsey (6-5, 175): “He is a huge upside guy. He may be our best shooter and he has great size for a two-guard, almost 6-6 and very long. He only played eight high school games last year coming off a broken leg. He’s an athletic kid. He can play above the rim, he rebounds and should be a very good defender with his length and size. And he’s a scorer, which is what we need. He’ll have a really good career. The (question) will be how quickly he can adapt to the physicality and speed of the college game.”
Johnnie Vassar (6 feet, 185): “He’s different than any of the guards we have. He’s an explosive kid, strong, great on-ball defender. He allows us to do some things we couldn’t do last year. When we got down in games, we didn’t really have anything to speed up the game. We didn’t have a guy who could break people down with his quickness. He allows us to have different looks on the floor.”
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