Northwestern added a much-needed big body to next season’s roster Friday. Chris Collins and the Wildcats received a commitment from 6’10” Yale transfer Jeremiah Kreisberg, according to a report by Teddy Greenstein of the Chicago Tribune. Kreisberg will be eligible immediately as a graduate transfer.
Northwestern had been pursuing big men to help add depth to a very thin frontcourt. The Wildcats’ only returning big men are 7-foot center Alex Olah and stretch-four Nate Taphorn. They are adding two more forwards among their five incoming freshmen, but neither have great size. Vic Law measures at 6’6″ and Gavin Skelly stands at 6’8″.
Kreisberg is not particularly talented, but he should be able to give Collins 15-20 minutes off the bench as Olah’s backup. He missed the entire 2013-14 season after back surgery and averaged 5.6 points and 2.8 rebounds for Yale as a junior. As a sophomore, he was more of a key player for the Bulldogs. He averaged 7.7 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 25.7 minutes per game.
Northwestern still has one open scholarship remaining for the 2014-15 season.