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Boys Basketball: St. Rita’s Vic Law commits to Northwestern

“We’re going wNorthwestern” St. Ritsenior Vic Law said. “I believe [coach] Chris Collins.” | Sun-Times Medilibrary

“We’re going to win at Northwestern,” St. Rita senior Vic Law said. “I believe in [coach] Chris Collins.” | Sun-Times Media library

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Updated: August 6, 2013 6:28AM



It didn’t take long for Northwestern coach Chris Collins to make his first major splash in Evanston.

Thursday, the new Wildcats coach secured the commitment of St. Rita’s Vic Law.

Law, a 6-foot-7 senior, is ranked among the top 100 players in the country. Plus, it’s a big name locally for a program that intends to hit the city, suburbs and state very hard.

“We’re going to win at Northwestern, and the roof will blow off when we do,” Law said. “I have no doubt about that. I believe in Chris Collins. I love his enthusiasm, his energy, the vision he has.”

Law, who has size, length and athleticism, will be able to play both forward positions. Over the course of the past year Law’s game has become more polished, as he’s showing an ability to knock down perimeter shots and improvement putting the ball on the floor.

“Vic believed in me and St. Rita when he came here and helped elevate our basketball program, and he believes in Chris Collins,” St. Rita coach Gary DeCesare said. “I believe Chris Collins is a rising star. It’s a win-win for everyone.”

Law averaged 14 points and 9 per game rebounds as a junior. He established himself nationally, put himself in a great position academically and had the likes of VCU, Georgia Tech, Dayton, Stanford and plenty of other suitors pursuing him.

“I’m just ecstatic,” Law said. “There aren’t a lot of people who are given the chance to go to Northwestern, with all that it offers as a school.”

Northwestern took a big step forward in Law’s recruitment with the hiring of assistant Armon Gates, who had been recruiting Law early on in his career while on the Loyola staff. Also, by heading to Northwestern, Law will remain close to his family, including his older sister Simone, who plays basketball at Loyola.

Law arguably is the biggest high-profile local recruit to commit to Northwestern out of high school. Collins and his staff now can focus on securing a point guard. The Wildcats are right there in the mix for Decatur MacArthur’s Marcus Bartley and Marian Catholic’s Tyler Ulis, who just recently had a positive visit to the Northwestern campus.



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