Chicago Colleges: Nathan Taphorn

Sobolewski, recruit Taphorn await new coach

March, 16, 2013
Northwestern Wildcats sophomore starting point guard David Sobolewski and Northwestern recruit Nathan Taphorn will determine whether they want to remain with the Wildcats after a new coach is hired, their former club coach said Saturday.

The Wildcats fired Bill Carmody Saturday morning after 13 seasons.

Sobolewski started two seasons under Carmody, and Taphorn committed to Carmody in July 2012 and signed with the Wildcats in November.

Illinois Wolves club coach Mike Mullins said Saturday he has had discussions with both players about their futures at Northwestern.

“David has enjoyed playing for Coach Carmody and the staff and loved the school,” Mullins said. “Nathan was looking forward to the opportunity to do the same thing. They realized there was a chance this could happen. They’re going to wait and see what happens, to see who the next coach is and the new staff. I think it’s too early to say anything hypothetically; wait for the facts and discuss.

“Both players have proven themselves and could have other options beside Northwestern. They’re like the rest of us waiting anxiously on who they decide to lead their program and what level of commitment the school is going to give to improve some things to make them competitive in the Big Ten they’re competing with on a weekly basis.”

Sobolewski, a 6-foot-1 point guard, averaged 9.8 points, 2.8 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 1.0 steals and 34.8 minutes as a sophomore.

Taphorn, a 6-7 forward, averaged 15.2 points and 7.0 rebounds and shot 82.5 percent from the free throw line during his senior season at Pekin High School in Pekin, Ill.

Pekin's Taphorn commits to Northwestern

July, 16, 2012
Pekin senior forward Nathan Taphorn committed to Northwestern on Sunday.

The 6-8, 195-pound Taphorn chose the Wildcats over offers from Boston College, Bradley, Creighton, Illinois State and Southern Illinois, among others. ESPN ranks him as the 14th best player in Illinois and 36th best small forward in the country.

Taphorn plays for the Illinois Wolves club team, and Northwestern coach Bill Carmody was present at the Wolves' games throughout the first July recruiting period. Taphorn previously visited Northwestern.

"His upside is off the charts," Illinois Wolves coach Mike Mullins said. "He's an accomplished player both at the high school and travel circuit level. He's 6-8 and he's growing. He's continually getting stronger. He has toughness inside and outside as well. He has an ability to shoot the ball and make shots. His desire to win is at a high level.

"Those are the things Northwestern needs to have to be at the level they want to compete for Big Ten championships and get into the NCAA tournament."

Northwestern's all-time leading scorer John Shurna and sophomore starting point guard David Sobolewski also came from the Wolves' program.

Taphorn averaged 14 points and five rebounds as a junior at Pekin.

Taphorn is Northwestern's second Class of 2013 commitment. ESPNU 100 point guard Jaren Sina previously committed to Northwestern.