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Northwestern hits jackpot with St. Rita’s Vic Law

“We’re going wNorthwestern” St. Ritsenior Vic Law said. “I believe [coach] Chris Collins.” | Sun-Times Medilibrary

“We’re going to win at Northwestern,” St. Rita senior Vic Law said. “I believe in [coach] Chris Collins.” | Sun-Times Media library

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Updated: August 6, 2013 6:28AM

It didn’t take long for Northwestern coach Chris Collins to make his first major splash in Evanston.

The new Wildcats basketball coach secured a commitment from Vic Law of St. Rita on Thursday.

Law, a 6-7 senior, is ranked among the top 100 players in the country. Plus, it’s a big name locally for a program that intends to hit the city, suburbs and state hard.

“We’re going to win at Northwestern, and the roof will blow off when we do,” Law said. “I have no doubt about that. I believe in Chris Collins. I love his enthusiasm, his energy, the vision he has.”

Law, who has size, length and athleticism, will be able to play both forward positions. Over the last year, Law’s game has become more polished. He has shown an ability to knock down perimeter shots and has improved in putting the ball on the floor.

“Vic believed in me and St. Rita when he came here and helped ­elevate our basketball program, and he believes in Chris Collins,” St. Rita coach Gary DeCesare said. “I believe Chris Collins is a rising star. It’s a win-win for everyone.”

Law averaged 14 points and nine rebounds as a junior. He established himself nationally, put himself in a great position academically and had programs such as VCU, Georgia Tech, Dayton, Stanford and plenty of others pursuing him.

“I’m just ecstatic,” Law said. “There aren’t a lot of people who are given the chance to go to Northwestern with all that it offers as a school.”

Northwestern took a big step forward in Law’s recruitment with the hiring of assistant Armon Gates, who recruited Law early in his career while on the Loyola staff. Also, by heading to Northwestern, Law will remain close to his family, including his older sister, Simone, who plays college basketball for Loyola.

Law is arguably the local recruit with the highest profile to commit to Northwestern out of high school. Collins and his staff now can focus on ­securing a point guard.

The Wildcats are in the mix for Marcus Bartley of Decatur Mac­Arthur and Tyler Ulis of Marian Catholic. The latter recently had a positive visit to Northwestern.

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