In the world of basketball recruiting, when a player can waver for years on end (and sometimes, miraculously, even after he's donned the cap of one of his final two suitors) sometimes it's nice to see someone super-psyched about accepting an offer as soon as they get it. It's even nicer when that program isn't one of college hoops' historical powers. Today, instead, it's Northwestern.
David Sobolewski, a senior guard from Benet Academy in the western suburbs of Chicago, accepted an offer from Northwestern coach Bill Carmody Sunday. The offer came quickly: Carmody watched Sobolweski play on Friday, extended the offer Sunday, and by the end of the day the guard had committed. He seems just as excited as you'd imagine:
"The second time I had visited, coach [Tavaras] Hardy kind of told me that it was Northwestern policy that coach Carmody likes to see players before he offers them," said Sobolewski, a 6-foot-1 combo guard. "I had a good tournament in Highland, Ind., this weekend, and coach Carmody was there. It was a no-brainer for me when they offered. It feels even better because it's where I wanted to go. I didn't make a decision to make a decision."
There isn't much recruiting info available on Sobolewski; he's not exactly a blue-chipper. But his positional versatility should fit nicely into Carmody's uptempo, flexible Princeton system. At the very least, Sobolewski seems totally stoked to be at Northwestern, and not just because the Cats might make their first-ever NCAA tournament appearance in 2010. That's a plus, too.