The father of a second Northwestern recruit said he and his son would have to "weigh their options" if coach Bill Carmody does not return for the final year of his contract next season.
Patrick Taphorn wouldn't go as far as Mergin Sina, who told the Sun-Times on Wednesday that it's unlikely his son Jaren would honor his commitment if Carmody is fired, but he did say it would force he and his son to reconsider their options.
Carmody is expected to discuss his future with Northwestern athletics director Jim Phillips when the season ends, which could come as soon as tonight if the Wildcats fall to Iowa in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament at the United Center.
Nathan Taphorn averaged 16 points and seven rebounds per game for Pekin High School this season while shooting 48 percent from the floor, 41 percent from behind the arc and 85 percent from the free-throw line.
"We're very, very hopeful coach Carmody will remain coach at Northwestern," Patrick Taphorn said. "That was one of our concerns when we committed to Northwestern. We wanted Nathan to play for the same coach for four years. We like coach Carmody and his staff and his system and feel Nathan could thrive there."
Nathan received scholarship offers from Creighton, Wisconsin-Green Bay, Colorado, Boston College, Colorado State, Bradley and Southern Illinois, among others.
"We would have to weigh our options but Northwestern is an incredible institution educationally and that's first and foremost," Patrick Taphorn said. "Secondly, the Big Ten is the best conference in the country and Evanston is three hours from our house. That comes into play as well."