Northwestern Going In Right Direction With In-State Recruits
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Northwestern Going In Right Direction By Signing In-State Recruits

Brian Stinnette
November 21, 2003

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Northwestern University and head coach Bill Carmody have the program headed in the right direction by bringing in home-grown Illinois recruits. This fall Northwestern signed Sterling Williams of Chicago Whitney Young, and Brandon Lee of Peoria Central.

Jitim Young (Chicago Gordon Tech) and T.J. Parker (Lisle) are the only scholarship players from Illinois currently on the Northwestern roster. Last year, Jim Maley (Lyons Township) decided to leave the team.

Williams a 6-4 guard, and Lee a 6-1 guard, will both bring a good deal of versatility to the Northwestern backcourt. Williams is an excellent shooter with range that extends out beyond the three-point arc. He not only brings size, but also the ability to log minutes at either guard slot. Lee ranks among the top defensive players in the state of Illinois. He is a strong finisher around the basket, and will bring a good deal of toughness to the court as well.

Adding Illinois-based talent could pay further recruiting dividends down the road for the Wildcats. The state of Illinois consistently produces some of the finest basketball talent in the country, and the in-state Class of 2005 crop has a chance to be very good.