Nathan Taphorn was a 190-pound freshman last season. That number is likely going to be different in the 2014-15 Northwestern basketball media guide.
Taphorn and his fellow Wildcats were included in a picture tweeted out by Northwestern Performance on Monday, and they are, well, huge.
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If you need more proof as to what kind of transformation this really is, take a look at these before and after photos of Taphorn and fellow 2013-14 freshman Sanjay Lumpkin, tweeted out by Inside Northwestern’s Josh Rosenblat.
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While it’s fun to look at the difference an offseason makes, Chris Collins is going to need these guys to take on bigger roles when the fall rolls around. Lumpkin had a big role as a freshman, starting all but one of the Cats’ games. Taphorn, though, made just one start. The two combined to average only 6.3 points a game.
The vast increase in muscle that typically only comes from fictional exposure to gamma radiation has to be a good sign that these guys — and the rest of the Northwestern team — are putting in the work.
Expectations are sure to be lower in Collins’ second season, what with last year’s second-to-last finish in the Big Ten and the departure of all-time leading scorer Drew Crawford. But a bunch of muscular Wildcats (and the addition of four-star recruit Victor Law) should have Northwestern fans a bit more excited.