Johnnie Vassar signs letter of intent to join Northwestern

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Northwestern officially added point guard Johnnie Vassar to its recruiting class Wednesday with Vassar signing his letter of intent. Vassar, a three-star recruit on ESPN.com, joins Vic Law, Bryant McIntosh, Gavin Skelly and Scott Lindsey in a class that ranks 30th in the nation and 6th in the Big Ten, according to ESPN.

Photo: The Capistrano Dispatch
Photo: The Capistrano Dispatch

Vassar has work to do on his perimeter game, but he is a solid penetrator and playmaker. He also received offers from Southern Methodist, USC and DePaul before choosing Northwestern.

He averaged 19.7 points and 5.0 assists last season.

“We’re very excited to be able to add Johnnie to a great incoming freshman class,” Northwestern head coach Chris Collins said. “He will provide us with an elite level of athleticism and speed. He has a lot of experience and he’s going to help bolster our backcourt. Johnnie is a winner and he’s going to fit in very well with the other guys in this class.”

Even with five players having signed letters of intent, the Wildcats still have a pair of open scholarships to give out before the fall. Reports say Northwestern has been in contact with Rice transfer Sean Obi and Butler transfer Nolan Berry. The Wildcats are in need of size, so adding either of these forwards would be key, although each would have to sit out one season before becoming eligible.

Obi averaged 11.4 points and 9.3 rebounds as a freshman at Rice while Berry averaged 1.9 points and 1.3 rebounds as a frosh at Butler.

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