POTB 194: Teddy Greenstein of The Chicago Tribune on Northwestern

  • 09/20/2017 6:39 am in

Podcast on the Brink is back for a new episode with hosts Jerod Morris of The Assembly Call and Alex Bozich of Inside the Hall. The show is available weekly.

In this edition of the show, Bozich is joined by Teddy Greenstein of The Chicago Tribune to talk Northwestern and the Big Ten. Among the topics discussed:

· Northwestern’s first ever NCAA tournament appearance last season
· How last year’s performance changes expectations for this season
· Bryant McIntosh’s importance to the Wildcats
· How Scottie Lindsey and Vic Law have helped elevate Northwestern basketball
· Why Barret Benson is a potential breakout player this coming season
· Playing games this season at AllState Arena
· The Big Ten tournament in NYC and whether it’s a one time thing

And much, much more. As always, feel free to drop the show a note at [email protected].

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  • iugradmark

    Nice job Alex flying solo this week. I really enjoy the updates from local writers that have insights into the league. NW really seems to have found the right coach for now and the future. I must say that I cringe when I hear about another kid that wanted to play at IU and never received the offer.

  • IdahoHoosier

    Recruiting and managing a roster has to be tough! Every coach has a style/system and tries to get guys that fit it, but also wants the top guys regardless, but also wants good local and in-state kids, then fans and colleagues have opinions, the list goes on. What a balancing act!

  • Molon Labe

    I haven’t had a chance to listen to the podcast yet, but I am assuming you are talking about Bryant McIntosh. In hindsight he may look like someone we let get away by not making an offer, but remember that James Blackman Jr. and Robert Johnson were in his class. JBJ was a five star ranked 20th in his class by ESPN and RJ was a four star ranked 47th. McIntosh was only a three star with no ranking. I know the rankings aren’t always the end all be all, but at the time I don’t many people would have traded JBJ or RJ to pick up Bryant McIntosh.

  • VOXAC30

    I remember Bryant Macintosh at Greensburg

  • iugradmark

    Of course you are right. 20/20 is always perfect visions. I will say that I am not sure we had to pick Bryant or RJ or JBJ as we did offer others in that class. My thought is that he is a 6’3″ point guard and we were going to need some help at the point position post Yogi and never really seemed to successfully recruit someone to learn and stake over once Yogi graduated. I will agree that he is probably not the kind of kid that the prior coaches were pursuing, but he is the kind of gritty Indiana kid that I would have loved to have on the team. My 20/20 is working perfectly 🙂

  • Kyl470

    Listened to the podcast and I know Teddy said he thinks Chris Collins is a lifer at Northwestern, but I’d be shocked if he doesn’t leave them for a bigger job if one comes calling.

  • Ivan Renko

    coming out of HS, both bryant mcintosh and grant gelon were similarly rated 3-star prospects. it’s just about impossible to predict which of these kids will develop into a solid Big 10 caliber player. it’s not entirely out of the realm of possibility that mcintosh may have fizzled out and someone like Gelon developed into a rotational player on a Big 10 team. as everyone has stated before, hindsight is 20/20 and I personally wouldve preferred JBJ and RoJo to mcintosh at the time.

  • Ivan Renko

    I didn’t agree with the assessment in the podcast about how Chris Collins wouldn’t go back to Duke if give the opportunity. The pressure argument and high risk of failure that was presented was kind of lame… any coach in the nation salivates over having the opportunity to coach at a blue blood program, duke no less! Chris Collins is a goner if Duke comes calling in a few years (especially since he spent 13 seasons there)

    edit: i would also certainly take chris collins over jeff capel if I’m a duke fan

  • iugradmark

    I can see how Chris might want to stay at NW. If Coach K calls then Chris would likely return to Duke even if it is a higher risk type job. Why he might be happy to stay is that Chris is already coaching in a major conference, will be enjoying new practice and game facilities, is making over $3 million, and lives in the town he grew up in. Finally, expectations will increase but he is not going to be under the pressure that say Archie will be under at IU. There are a lot of positives in his current situation and I could see him wanting to stay for a while.

  • BC Hoosier

    Hartman and Mcintosh were on another level compared to Gelon. (Low 200s compared to low 400s). Additionally, Hartman was considered a top 25 player early on on high school and dropped considerably after so injuries.

  • AndyCapp

    Not disagreeing necessarily with you, Kyl or iugrad but I remember a time at Duke before they got coach K that they were anything BUT a blue blood. Top class school yes, blue blood bball no. Will be interesting to see how they fare after *their* HoF coach leaves.

  • Ivan Renko

    There are only 6 official blue bloods in the nation, and this is widely accepted. Indiana, Duke, UNC, UK, Kansas, and UCLA.

  • Ivan Renko

    I didn’t realize they were so far apart rankings-wise, thanks for pointing that out. I was just referencing the ESPN ratings. All three were mid 70s and 3 stars. Regardless, I think my point still stands. It’s really difficult to predict who is going to emerge and who will fizzle in that 3 star category

  • Larry Brown

    A lot of people are neglecting the fact that Macintosh did not put up great shooting numbers last year. His scoring average was good but is percentages we’re not that impressive if I recall correctly

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Kyl , Teddy G is hoping Collins stays at NW. TG graduated from NW. He always has a drift in his articles about NW.

  • VOXAC30

    The next shoe is about to fall in recruiting….

  • Kyl470

    True, but you could apply that same logic to Archie. Why take IU? He was already well paid at Dayton which has a better basketball history than Northwestern. He may stay at Northwestern forever, but I just can’t imagine any coach passing up a powerhouse program to stay at Northwestern.