Taphorn won’t decommit; Phillips nominated for AD of the Year
It has been a week of uncertainty and bad news when it comes to Northwestern basketball. The plain fact is that we do not know what is going to happen with the basketball team moving forward and speculating is an exercise in futility.
There definitely is a bit of a “woe is me” attitude as we now have a team without a coach and a team without a four-star recruit with Jaren Sina decommitting and re-opening his recruitment, considering Northwestern in his new recruiting search.
The Wildcats need some good basketball news. They may have received it Tuesday night.
Nick Medline of Scout reports Nate Taphorn, Northwestern’s other basketball recruit who signed his letter of intent alongside Sina in November, will not decommit and will attend Northwestern:
Taphorn does not plan to re-open his recruitment. Likely he stays with #Northwestern. Good news in tough week.
— Nick Medline (@NicholasMedline) March 20, 2013
This is indeed some very good news.
Taphorn is a three-star forward who many expected to play a stretch-4 role similar to what John Shurna played in his career at Northwestern. Taphorn was an AAU teammate of Dave Sobolewski’s. Taphorn scored more than 1,000 points in his high school career and led his team to the regional championship this past year. He and Sina were both players many felt could contribute immediately to Northwestern and fit comfortably within the Princeton Offense.
Obviously now that is thrown up in the year.
But the good news is Taphorn is on board and the Wildcats get to keep a talented player no matter who the new coach will.
Phillips nominated for AD of the Year
A few days late on this, but the Sports Business Journal has nominated Jim Phillips for its Athletic Director of the Year Award alongside the athletic directors from Rutgers, Oklahoma State and Louisville.
I do not know what the likelihood of him winning is, but it is clear that this is just an honor to be considered for the award. After all, with the exception of Rutgers, the other teams had big years on the national stage in the revenue sports. Hopefully, the Sports Business Journal recognizes some of the accomplishments Phillips did throughout the program in expanding the program’s profile and continuing the upward trend in ticket sales.
Phillips has done a lot of hard work to build up Northwestern’s brand and the winning from several sports, and the new deal with Under Armour, were part of an amazing year in Northwestern athletics.
Of course, we have to tie this back in to the future. Phillips’ next year is going to be very interesting as he hires a new basketball coach and deals with the wake of firing Bill Carmody.