Pardon pledges to Northwestern on visit

Dererk Pardon

Dererk Pardon took his second visit to Northwestern on Saturday and that was enough for Chris Collins to seal the deal. Pardon discussed his commitment with Scout.com.

During a visit to Northwestern on Saturday, Dererk Pardon, a 2015 recruit out of Cleveland (Ohio) Villa Angela-St. Josesph, committed to Chris Collins and Northwestern.

Pardon confirmed the commitment news to Scout.com.

"I felt like it a was a great fit," Pardon said. "I talked to the coaching staff. I loved them. I like the player they are bringing int. It was just a great fit for me."

Pardon, a 6-foot-8, 210-pound power forward, said he also considered Xavier and Pittsburgh. Pardon had previously visited Northwestern, but the visit Saturday sealed up his decision.

"When I came down the first time, I was iffy about it," Pardon said. "But I had a good idea this time. It really closed the deal."

Collins played a factor in the decision making, as did Northwestern assistant Brian James, who was the point-man on the Pardon recruitment.

"Over the past couple months, I've grown very close to them," Pardon said. "They really stayed on me and everything. That was a good relationship. That was another factor in me committing to them."

A three-star prospect, Pardon averaged 14 points a game as a junior.

Pardon is the second 2015 prospect to commit to Northwestern. He joins Illinois native Jordan Ash to make up their current recruiting class.

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