Chatted with Bill Carmody today as the Northwestern coaching staff wraps up their itineraries for the mad dash that is July recruiting. With five seniors on their highly touted 2010-11 team and one scholarship already open, the Wildcats have a lot of targets and a lot of players to see next month.
But that’s not why we were chatting. Here’s a few of the high points we hit:
1) Northwestern hasn’t wrapped up its non-conference schedule, but one thing is set in stone: The Wildcats will travel to Madison Square Garden to play in the Holiday Festival on Dec. 20-21. St. John’s and Davidson are in the field, too, but the fourth team is TBA.
2) Fifth-year seniors Kevin Coble and Jeff Ryan are still recovering from their injuries. Coble, as you might have heard, suffered a Lisfranc fracture in his foot while Ryan tore his ACL. “Certainly they’re progressing,” Carmody said. “Neither is going full-tilt yet. That’s normal.”
3) When Northwestern takes its trip to Italy in late August, incoming freshman guard JerShon Cobb will be able to participate. The NCAA passed a rule in April allowing new players to go on foreign trips as long as they enrolled in summer school. Cobb is in school, so he’s good to go.
When I asked Carmody why the Cats chose Italy for their trip, he gave me one of those “pshaw” noises that tells me I’ve asked a question with an obvious answer. “Red wine,” he said.
Actually, the Cats get 10 practices state-side before they spend 10-11 days in Italy and get to play 4 or 5 games. Though, yeah, I’m thinking Carmody might find one glass of Pinot during the trip.
4) Sophomore guard Alex Marcotullio is spending seven weeks overseas playing for Great Britain’s U-20 national team. Per Carmody, it’s a great opportunity to play in several countries.