Northwestern hoped to introduce three new basketball players Thursday, but a paperwork delay has stalled the signing of center Alex Olah.

The school can’t talk about players it has not signed, but NU coaches are said to be no more than slightly concerned about the situation. Olah is from Romania but plays at Traders Point Academy in Indianapolis. It often takes longer for schools to gather the proper documents for international students.

Northwestern needs to sign the 6-foot-10 Olah, who was drawing heavy interest from Illinois, Purdue, Boston College and California, to replace senior centers Luka Mirkovic and Davide Curletti.

Northwestern did officially welcome the other two members of its class: Kale Abrahamson, a 6-7 forward from West Des Moines, Iowa; and Sanjay Lumpkin, a 6-6 swingman from outside Minneapolis.

Abrahamson is the third-ranked player in Iowa, according to ESPN.com.

“Kale is a very good shooter and he has very good range, but what I like is his versatility,” NU coach Bill Carmody said. “He's active and can dribble and pass the ball. He's an athletic kid and at the end of the day, he puts the ball in the basket. We'll be losing a frontline of guys who are able to score, so I think he's going to help fill that need next year. Plus, he a great desire to be a very good player.”

Lumpkin rates as the seventh-best player in Minnesota, according to ESPN.com, but NU coaches believe he is undervalued.

“Sanjay does everything pretty well,” Carmody said. “He fits into the mold of the type of player that I like who can play anywhere on the court and feel comfortable. He can post guys up, take his man off the dribble, shoot from the outside and he cuts very well. You can throw him out there and not worry about his position so much as far as whether he's a guard or a forward.”

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