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VIDEO: Northwestern’s four-part summer series

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Northwestern released a unique four-part look into its summer preparation for its trip overseas.

“The Foundation” follows head coach Chris Collins and the Wildcats as they were followed by cameras throughout the summer in a Hard Knocks-style format. The videos include footage of the start of summer practices, the team’s summer workouts, some off-the-court looks at the team and concluding with the team’s trip to Spain.

The four videos combined total a little over 22 minutes and it offers an up-close look at being a Big Ten player during a summer where an exhibition trip is included.

You can view all four videos here:

Three-star forward Rapolas Ivanauskas becomes Northwestern’s first 2016 commitment

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To this point in his tenure as head coach at Northwestern, Chris Collins has done a good job of recruiting local talent to Evanston. Saturday evening he and his staff reeled in its first verbal commitment in the Class of 2016, as 6-foot-8 forward Rapolas Ivanauskas has picked Northwestern.

Ivanauskas currently attends Barrington High School in Barrington, Illinois, where he averaged 18 points, 8.3 rebounds and two assists per game as a junior. For his efforts Ivanauskas was named second team All-Area by the Chicago Tribuneand he also held offers from Creighton, Iowa and Purdue.

“Rapolas Ivanauskas is significant pickup for Chris Collins and Northwestern because he’s a local top-100 prospected who has a significant amount of skill,” NBC Sports recruiting insider Scott Phillips said of Ivanauskas. “He’s shown an ability to score from the inside and outside, and he made major strides in his junior season.”

As stated above Ivanauskas is Northwestern’s first 2016 commitment, and of their three 2015 commitments two are front court players in Aaron Falzon and Derek Pardon with guard Jordan Ash being the other. Add that group to a solid corps of sophomores led by point guard Bryant McIntosh and wing Vic Law IV, and Northwestern doesn’t lack for young talent that’s either already on campus or on its way.

The hope in Evanston is that the young talent being gathered by Collins and his staff will ultimately yield the school’s first-ever NCAA tournament berth.

WATCH: Northwestern’s postgame celebration following win over Iowa

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After winning their conference opener at Rutgers December 30, Northwestern went through a streak of ten consecutive losses. While some were blowouts, including a stretch of three straight losses by 15 points or more entering Sunday’s game against Iowa, Chris Collins’s team lost four of those games by five points or less, one by seven and another by eight.

Those close calls are what made the end of regulation so difficult for Northwestern supporters, including Collins’ father Doug. The elder Collins couldn’t bear to watch down the stretch, as a Jarrod Uthoff three-pointer sent the game into overtime.

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Ultimately the Wildcats were able to close the game out in overtime, winning 66-61 with Bryant McIntosh scoring 18 points, fellow guard Tre Demps adding 16 and center Alex Olah tallying 11 points, 13 rebounds and five blocked shots.

And in the locker room, the Wildcats were sure to enjoy their first win of the calendar year.