A lot of Northwestern links in this week's collection. Besides John Shurna and Kyle Rowley's efforts for the national teams, there's a lot of news coming out concerning recruiting as well. Also in this week's edition of Sunday links? Notes about the NBA's Summer League team - much more of which will be covered later this week - and two message boards for Horizon League fans to check out. -The Chronicle outlines the difficulties freshman guard Nick Fruendt faced while trying to crack the Northwestern rotation last season. Even though he didn't play very many minutes during his freshman season it sounds like he's still got a positive attitude and is looking forward to making a positive contribution to the team in 2009-10. With Craig Moore gone, Fruendt could see a few more minutes. Also, Fruendt's experience is one to keep in mind when thinking about the impact recruits like Drew Crawford and Alex Marcotullio could make on the Wildcats in the upcoming season.
-For those readers with Scout.com accounts there are two good articles on recruits that might be playing in Chicago sometime in the near future. One is about a combo guard from Illinois named Ben Brust, the other is Nnana Egwu, a forward that is just starting to be heavily recruited. Brust is receiving interest from Iowa, Butler, Northwestern, Stanford and Virginia. The article also mentions that Wisconsin has made some overtures recently. He already has offers from Butler, Davidson, Green Bay, Loyola-Chicago, Milwaukee and Valparaiso. Egwu, a 6'9" forward, has offers from Purdue, Southern Illinois, Northwestern, Oregon State, Wisconsin, and Loyola-Chicago.
-Playing for a national team also means some more national exposure. John Shurna helped Northwestern make the most of it by sitting down with The Sporting News' Michael DeCourcy for a Q&A. Check out Shurna's thoughts about the U.S. U-19 team, Northwestern and even a mention of his sister.
-At the end of this article about Jerel McNeal's dissapointment in not being selected in the NBA Draft there's a mention of Othyus Jeffers. Jeffers will be playing on the NBA D-League all-star team during the NBA's Summer League. He will try and catch a team's eye after being awarded Rookie of the Year honors last season in the D-League. Jeffers played basketball at UIC before finishing his collegiate career at Robert Morris.
-If you're a fan of Loyola-Chicago or UIC basketball and haven't checked out their very active message boards, I suggest you give them a look. Both do a good job of staying on top of Rambler and Flames basketball. You can find the UIC Flames board here, and the Rambler Rants board here.
-Finally, the Big Ten Network is going to be doing a second day of Northwestern sporting events. It's amazing that the Big Ten Network was able to find enough games - although there will be some repeats. Welsh-Ryan Ramblings made up a very comprehensive list of some other Wildcats contests it wishes the Big Ten Network would show. It's a great collection of games.