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'13 IL SF Nate Taphorn (Verbal to Northwestern)

Discussion in 'University of Colorado Recruiting Archive - Basket' started by Goose, May 1, 2012.

  1. Goose

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    Pekin H.S. (Pekin, IL)

    AAU Team: Illinois Wolves

    Ht: 6-foot-7
    Wt: 180 lbs.

    Rivals rating: 3*; unranked SF
    Scout rating: 3*; unranked SF
    ESPN rating: 3*-72 grade; #36 SF
    247sports rating: N/A

    Reported Offers: Colorado, Boston College, Bradley, Colorado State, Creighton, Drake, Green Bay, Miami (Ohio), North Dakota, Northwestern, Southern Illinois, UIC
     
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    Goose Hoops Moderator Club Member Junta Member

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    Recruit Scoop:

    For those of you looking for CU to go get a long distance sharpshooter, you have your man. From Illinois Prep Bulls-eye:

    Other links:

    * Northwestern Targeting Taphorn to Replace John Shurna
    * Bradley Fan Board on Taphorn
     
  3. RumblinBuff

    RumblinBuff That one blogging guy Club Member

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    Lol, Pekin.

    But seriously folks, a sharp shooter with that height? Should be able to get his shot in any situation. I am intrigued.
     
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    Looking over the Bradley board, it sounds like his numbers are down a bit because he plays for a defensive, grind it out coach. So the kid obviously can play D, which is a huge thing to Tad as we all know. Miles was going after him while he was at CSU, so I would imagine that Nebraska will be listed as an offer shortly. Wisconsin, Michigan and Illinois are sniffing around him too. Sounds like the kind of recruit who doesn't necessarily get headlines, but is a solid player. (EDIT - he also was talking to Weber at Illinois, so while Illinois may no longer be in the running, KSU might pop up). In a Northwestern article, he mentioned he'd like to commit before the start of next season. Curious to see if he still does now that bigger schools are popping up.

    Curious to see what our plan is though with the 2013 scholarship situation in the air. I like this kid, but you have to think he's not necessarily our "top tier" recruit.

    Love the idea of having another Levi-type out there though...
     
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    I'm surprised he's not showing an offer from Illinois State. Interesting ......
     
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    Adam with an update on Taphorn:

     
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    Talked to him yesterday. Says CU is right there and that they will likely make his cut. Sounds like he recognizes that they aren't treating him like a Plan A recruit but he understands how the process works with kids ahead of him etc. Also said distance will be a factor in his decision.
     
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    Distance eh? Midwest kids LOVE colorado. just get him here and that is solved.
     
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    Northwestern.
     
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    That makes sense.
     
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    Yup. Was hoping he'd hold out a little while. I liked him, but with our scholarship uncertainty, we had to slow play him. Don't blame him for jumping & hope he does well there.
     

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