Northwestern and Chris Collins received a verbal commitment from Matt Nicholson out of Clarkston High School in Michigan and The Family. The center announced his decision on Sunday via twitter. The Wildcats offered the big man at the end of June of this summer and he followed it by taking his official visit to the Evanston campus in early August. 

After seeing little action during his sophomore season for Clarkston’s state championship team, Nicholson burst onto the scene this past season. His strong junior season led to him receiving his first Division 1 offer just this past spring. He picked Northwestern over his other scholarship offers from Ball State, Cleveland State, Creighton, George Mason, Lehigh, LIU-Brooklyn, Toledo, Western Michigan, and Xavier. 

The senior is a big presence on the court at 7’0”, 208 pounds, and great length. With his size and mobility, he is a big factor in the paint on both ends. On the defensive end, he is a quality rim protector and rebounds the ball at a high rate. He is an effective scorer on the block with good back to the basket moves plus soft touch. Playing with The Family on the EYBL this season he averaged 6.1 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks per game while shooting an impressive 62% from the field.

Nicholson marks the first commitment for the Wildcats 2020 recruitment class. The center will try to help rebound a program that has struggled over the past two seasons since it made its first NCAA Tournament back in the 2016-17 season.