Wildcat of the Week: Reggie Hearn

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It has been a while since we have done a Wildcat of the Week. My bad on that, I have been excessively lazy. We are already three weeks into the quarter and so Winter seasons are in full swing. With that, this week’s Wildcat of the Week is Reggie Hearn.

As I have perused comment sections on this site and others talking about Northwestern’s effort against Indiana, the adoration and respect for what Reggie Hearn has done is almost universal. Hearn, if you do not know, was a walk-on who earned a scholarship and then a spot in the starting lineup. Now he is one of Northwestern’s three best players with Drew Crawford out and someone the team needs to play well every night.

There is no way Hearn could have foreseen that coming when he decided to come to Northwestern.

Hearn scored 20 points in Northwestern’s 68-54 win over Illinois earlier this week and then came back for 22 points on 7-for-12 shooting against Indiana. These were both incredibly efficient performances and exactly what NU will need the rest of the year.

This week, Hearn shot 11 for 19 from the floor (57.9 percent) and 17 for 19 from the foul line. If you follow advanced stats, like me, Hearn posted a 65.8 percent effective field goal percentage and a 76.8 percent true shooting percentage. Scoring 42 points on just 19 shots in two games will do that.

Even though NU ended up splitting those two games, Hearn played superbly in both as did the entire team. Amazing what a week will do to change perceptions of a team.

Honorable Mentions

Kendall Hackney, Women’s Basketball – Like the men’s team, the women’s team went to Illinois and scored a victory and then pushed a top-25 team to the brink. Hackney scored 18 points against then-No. 25 Michigan in that effort before Michigan pulled away at the end for the win. But at Illinois, Hackney helped Northwestern score a 62-58 victory and complete the men’s/women’s sweep in Champaign. Hackney had 21 points in that game to lead the Wildcats to the victory.

Spencer Wolfe, Men’s Tennis — Wolfe defeated 82nd-ranked Sebastian Stiefelmeyer of Louisville at No. 1 singles to help Northwestern to an easy 4-1 upset win over No. 34 Louisville. The Wildcats got some strong performances from Sidarth Balaji and Raleigh Smith at No. 2 doubles who held off two break points to win the match 8-6. From there, Northwestern took care of business in singles to secure the big win.

Van Donkersgoed, Men’s Swimming — Van Donkersgoed set a pool record at UW-Milwaukee by more than three seconds in the 200 breast as Northwestern defeated UW-Milwaukee. The Wildcats defeated the Panthers easily but also set four pool records on the weekend. The 200 medley team opened the dual with a pool record and then were quickly followed by Jordan Wilimovsky in the 1,000 freestyle, Uula Auren and Donkersgoed followed suit setting pool records in the 100 and 200 breast. Donkersgoed actually finished second in the 100 breast and broke the previous pool record as well.

  • Jimgocats93

    Reggie is a warrior! Great choice.

  • Alum Dad

    Is a former walk-on leading the team an indictment of our recruiting?

    • PurpleHayes

      Please, let’s not turn the one feel-good story of this season into a negative referendum on Carmody. Hearn is a great choice LTP, and let’s keep the focus on the young man who has worked so hard. As the parent of a walk-on at Northwestern in another sport who finally earned his chance a few years back, I know how the whispers and early snubs feel. Hearn has fought through that, and earned both the spotlight and our recognition. His basketball career has only a few weeks left, and I plan to savor every minute. Great job Reggie.

    • http://www.facebook.com/prossmanreich Philip Rossman-Reich

      If it is, it is an indictment of everyone’s recruiting because everyone missed out on him.

  • Noah Kimmel

    Reggie is a phenominal player. He pours his heart into every play, into every minute, into every game. He plays with so much passion and fire. He deserves to be Wildcat of the Week. Go Cats!

  • Country Boy

    Reggie Hearn has been my favorite player the last 2 years. His determination, will to win, and effort are amazing. He is an excellent scorer and defender and I am sure an excellent teamate. Congratulations to Reggie and his family. You are really fun to watch.

  • PurpleBadger

    Well put, PurpleHayes. Some people just can’t wait to spew the venom; this is not the place. Go Reggie!

  • CM

    Reggie Hearn: my favorite player, hands down. A great guy to know and a great guy to root for.

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