With Alex Olah being the lone returning front court player in 2014-15, Northwestern is certainly in need of another interior body. And according to a report from Teddy Greenstein of the Chicago Tribune the Wildcats have received a commitment from 6-foot-10 forward Jeremiah Kreisberg, who will be transferring to the Big Ten school from Yale.
After averaging 6.9 points and 4.2 rebounds per game in three seasons Kreisberg missed the entire 2013-14 season after undergoing back surgery. Kreisberg accounted for just 5.6 points and 2.8 rebounds per contest in 2012-13, with the nagging back issue limiting his effectiveness.
How productive will Kreisberg be in the Big Ten? That remains to be seen, but simply put Northwestern needed another front court body. In addition to Olah and Kreisberg Northwestern will have incoming freshman Gavin Skelly, with the majority of their talent being perimeter players.
Guards JerShon Cobb and Tre Demps will be asked to lead the way, with four talented freshman guards including the athletic Vic Law expected to compete for playing time upon their arrival in Evanston.
The 6-foot-3 guard averaged 10.3 points per game, while shooting 42 percent from three, as a freshman. He, along with Malcolm Hill and Michael Thorne Jr., is one of three returning players who averaged double figures last season.
This could prove to be a make-or-break year for John Groce, who enters his fifth season at the helm. He guided the Illini to an NCAA Tournament in his first season, but hasn’t been back since.
The key for the Illini is health. Abrams gives them experience and leadership, but it won’t be a surprise if there’s some rust in his game after spending the past two seasons on the sideline. Having a healthy Coleman-Lands will help stabilize the backcourt, while Hill, an all-conference caliber forward, and Thorne anchor the frontcourt.
Like Alkins, Jones was a sought-after scorer. The 6-foot-4 two-guard was rated No. 69 overall in the Class of 2016 by Rivals. He picked Indiana over offers from Cal, Cincinnati, Georgetown and more than a dozen other high-major programs.
Jeter, the 6-foot-10, played in a reserve role as a freshman, averaging 1.9 points and 1.9 rebounds per game last season. He will be part of a loaded frontline that includes heralded freshmen Harry Giles and Marques Bolden, as well as redshirt senior Amile Jefferson, who returns to the lineup following a foot injury.