Northern Illinois University Lands 2016 Commitment From In-State Big Man

By Roy & Harv Schmidt

August 10, 2015

5:30 A.M. CST

Northern Illinois University head men's basketball coach Mark Montgomery has made it abundantly clear that he would like two land a pair of front court players--ideally both a 4 and a 5--as part of his 2016 recruiting class.  At the present time, Montgomery is halfway there, as 6'8 power forward Noah McCarty from Sterling-Newman High School in Sterling, IL committed to NIU last night upon the conclusion of their Elite Camp.

McCarty chose the Huskies over scholarship offers from Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Wisconsin-Green Bay and North Dakota.  He is the second commitment for Montgomery and the Huskies in their 2016 class, joining 5'10 point guard Eugene German from 21st Century Charter School in Gary, IN.  McCarty's commitment was confirmed to us by coaches from his Quad City Elite travel team.

Montgomery and the NIU coaching staff offered McCarty a scholarship back in June.  From that moment on, McCarty realized that no other school presented him with a better opportunity.  It allows him to stay close to home and receive immediate playing time at a school whose facilities are also top-notch.

McCarty has made remarkable strides over the past year while playing for Quad City Elite Orange, who received our Summer Award as one of the top 17-Under Teams Of The Summer ( Above all else, McCarty is a workhorse and and extremely fundamentally sound big.  He has proven his versatility on offense, as he is a consistent low post scoring threat and can also face up and hit open shots from 3-point range.  To top it all off, McCarty protects the ball well, is a force on the glass and a good passer out of the double-team.

In addition to Montgomery, Associate Head Coach Jon Borovich and assistant coach Jason Larson deserve a ton of credit for the work they put in to secure McCarty's commitment.  Both Borovich and Larson watched McCarty intently throughout the July Evaluation Period and made him a top recruiting priority.

With McCarty now in the fold, the Huskies coaching staff will now focus their attention on raking in a second big man from 2016.  One of their primary targets is 6'9 center Loudon Volbrecht from Geneva Township High School in Geneva, IL, who enjoyed an effective summer while playing for the Tri City Thunder travel team squad.

McCarty becomes the second 2016 player from Quad City Elite Orange to commit to a D1 school.  He joins 6'7 wing forward Isaiah Roby from Dixon, IL who is a Nebraska recruit. 


We welcome comments regarding this story or any other entry published by Illinois Prep Bulls-eye.  They can be made by e-mailing us at

Continue to check in with Illinois Prep Bulls-eye for all of the latest as it pertains to recruiting and high school basketball in Illinois.