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November 13, 2013
Collins signs a first-class first class
Chris Collins has announced the signing of a stellar four-player recruiting class that will matriculate to Evanston in the fall of 2014.EVANSTON, Ill. - Northwestern head men's basketball coach
Forwards Victor Law (South Holland, Ill./St. Rita) and Gavin Skelly (Westlake, Ohio/Westlake) and guards Bryant McIntosh (New Castle, Ind./Greensburg) and Scott Lindsey (Hillside, Ill./Fenwick) comprise the group that signed National Letters of Intent during the early signing period that is currently ranked No. 21 in the nation by ESPN.com.
"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."
Complete bios on each of the four individuals as well as Collins' comments on each player follow:
High School: Rated as No. 66 national recruit by ESPN.com, No. 70 by Scout.com and No. 86 by Rivals.com ... Four-star recruit ... Averaged 14.5 points and 9.5 rebounds per game as a junior, earning a third-team all-state selection by the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association ... Two-time Chicago Catholic League all-conference pick ... Posted 29 points and 10 rebounds in a win over Marist to be named MVP of the Callahan-Griffin Classic as well as Southtown Star Player of the Week ... Chicago Tribune special mention all-state ... Team captain ... Named MVP of Spalding Hoophall Classic ... Competes in same conference as fellow Northwestern signee Scottie Lindsey ... Played AAU ball for Meanstreets and Chicago Mustangs ... Honor roll student ... National Honor Society member ... High school coach is Gary Decesare.
Personal: Born Victor Lamar Law on 12/19/95 ... Son of Victor Law and Bridgett Anthony ... Father played college basketball at Western Illinois ... Sister, Simone, currently plays at Loyola Chicago where she was a first-team All-Horizon League selection in 2013.
Collins on Law: "Vic is a very talented player. He is very versatile, long and athletic. He can play multiple positions. He's very skilled and is a terrific defender. He's going to be able to do a little bit of everything for us. He can score, handle the ball and is a good passer. I think he's a very multi-dimensional player who has a chance to continue to get better. Vic has a huge upside. He has a chance to be a terrific player."
High School: Averaged 12 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists per game as a junior to earn Chicago Catholic League all-conference honors ... Honorable mention all-area selection ... Team captain ... Helped the Friars to an 18-9 record as a junior ... Ranked No. 42 shooting guard and a three-star recruit by ESPN.com ... Freshman team went 25-1 in 2010-11 ... Has posted career highs of 24 points, 10 rebounds, eight assists and five blocked shots ... Competes in same conference as fellow Northwestern signee Vic Law ... Also competed one year in football ... Played on the AAU circuit with Illinois Old School ... Top three scorer in NY2LA UA Jam and posted a high scoring game of 35 points ... Honor roll student ... Student ambassador ... Coached in high school by John Quinn and Rick Malnati.
Personal: Born Scott Christopher Lindsey on 5/20/96 ... Son of Ellis and Kim Lindsey ... Attends same high school as NBA player Corey Maggette.
Collins on Lindsey: "Scottie is someone we're very excited about. He's been a bit of a late developer and who has continued to get better. He grew late and played really well last summer. For a two-guard, he's got really good size. He's an excellent shooter and has great length for the guard position. He should be a tremendous defender. With the way we want to play moving into the future, he's going to be a great fit with his skill set."
High School: Rated as a four-star recruit and the No. 22 shooting guard in the nation by ESPN.com ... Posted averages of 17.9 points, 7.4 assists and 3 steals per game as a junior ... Totaled 25 points, six rebounds and four assists in leading Greenburg to the 2013 Indiana Class 3A state championship with a 73-70 overtime win over Fort Wayne Concordia ... Forced OT by hitting a 3-pointer in the final minute of regulation ... IBCA Subway Underclass First-Team All-State selection ... Associated Press third-team all-state ... Helped the Pirates to a 49-2 record as a sophomore and junior ... Two-time All-EIAC, including conference MVP as a junior ... Competed for Indiana Junior All-Stars team ... Team captain ... Team MVP ... Scored 38 points in an OT win over Batesville as a sophomore ... Played AAU ball for Eric Gordon All-Stars ... Honor roll student ... Coached in high school by Stacy Meyer at Greensburg and Steve Bennett at New Castle (freshman year).
Personal: Born Bryant Scott McIntosh on 11/20/94 ... Son of Scott and Shelly McIntosh ... Originally committed to Indiana State ... Cousin, Trey Ball, was the No. 7 overall selection in the 2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft by the Boston Red Sox.
Collins on McIntosh: "Bryant is a dynamic point guard. He can score as well as distribute. He's got great size for the position. Bryant is the ultimate gym rat. He's always in the gym and is always trying to get better. He's a high IQ player. He's got good speed and quickness and can really shoot the ball. He should be ready to step right in and be a key contributor for us from Day One."
High School: Posted averages of 16 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists and 4 blocked shots per game as a junior, leading the team in all four categories ... Shot 60 percent from the field ... Rated as a three-star recruit by ESPN.com, Scout.com and Rivals.com ... Posted a triple-double with 10 points, 12 rebounds and 10 blocked shots in a district semifinal playoff win over Elyria ... Team captain ... Also competed in cross country and lacrosse ... Competed on AAU circuit for Team Work ... Team posted a 48-8 record during the summer of 2013 and finished third at national tournament ... Honor roll student ... Coached in high school by Shawn Hood.
Personal: Born Gavin T. Skelly on 12/5/95 ... Son of John and Trisha Skelly ... Father was a three-time All-American in track ... Plays piano and guitar.
Collins on Skelly: "I love Gavin's motor. He's going to be a great addition to our frontline. He's big and strong and can really run the floor, which is a great attribute for a frontline player. He's also very skilled. He's got the ability to shoot and pass, but the thing I love the most about him is his energy; he's non-stop movement. Gavin is always bringing energy and excitement to the floor."