By Kevin Sweeney
Chris Collins and his staff got good news on the recruiting trail Wednesday when 2020 point guard Ty Berry announced his commitment to Northwestern on Twitter. A 3-star recruit ranked 142nd nationally in the 247Sports composite, Berry chose the Wildcats over Minnesota after taking official visits to both programs in recent weeks. He also received offers from Iowa, Iowa State, Oklahoma State, Kansas State, and earned interest from Kansas throughout the recruiting process.
Northwestern originally offered Berry on April 30 after watching him play at an Under Armour-sponsored recruiting event for his Kansas City-based team KC Run GMC. The Wildcats ramped up their pursuit of Berry after top-100 combo guard Joe Bamisile decommitted from Northwestern in late July, and eventually were able to seal the deal with the Newton, KS native.
The 6-4 Berry averaged 10.8 points, 2.3 rebounds, and 2.4 assists per game this summer on the UAA circuit. On paper, Berry is a logical fit for the Wildcats, a big combo guard who can play either the one or the two and is comfortable in ball screens.
Berry has announced he will play out his senior season of high school basketball at prep powerhourse Sunrise Christian Academy in Kansas. Sunrise Christian plays a national schedule against some of the best teams in the country, so Berry will be battled-tested by the time he heads to Evanston.
Berry joins 7-foot Michigan product Matthew Nicholson in the Wildcats’ 2020 recruiting class. They’ll also get William & Mary transfer Chase Audige eligible for the 2020-21 season.
Northwestern still has two scholarships available for the 2020 recruiting class, but it appears that Collins will hold onto those spots into the spring signing period.