There has been a lot of news to digest this week for Purdue fans. Here’s a one sentence recap: A.J. Hammons visiting Friday, Rob Henry tears his @#!%&$? ACL, some news sources have predicted Purdue in Gary Harris’ top two, Purdue’s elite camp bringing a plethora of young high school basketball talent to Purdue this Saturday, Purdue’s training camp ended, and new basketball rankings have been released. Whew!
Anyway, there’s A LOT to talk about for Purdue fans. So I’ll hit on these topics.
- Caleb TerBush says he’s ready to be the guy. I have not done my preview of Purdue’s offensive unit yet, but I thought that the quarterback position was a big question mark even before Rob Henry went down. Now without Rob Henry, that position is even more uncertain. On the bright side, TerBush may actually be a more developed passer than Rob Henry at this point. It’s not out of the question for Sean Robinson to share some time at quarterback, but I think TerBush becomes the head man in West Lafayette because Hope was planning to redshirt Sean Robinson this year. As Mike Carmin is requesting, Danny Hope should probably give Caleb TerBush every chance to develop as the #1 guy during the first two games (Middle Tennessee State and Rice) before he has to face Notre Dame. We don’t want two okay quarterbacks. We would rather have one good quarterback.
- It has been confirmed by Coach Hope that Justin Siller will prepare to be the #3 quarterback. At this point, it doesn’t sound like Robert Marve will be ready before Big Ten season. The season has not even started and we’re already forced to have our skill players switch positions because of injuries. Ugh…
- A.J. Hammons is visiting Friday, but a decision is not expected anytime soon. He will likely take unofficial visits this fall and my guess is that he will key in on Minnesota and Purdue. He has a good relationship with Tubby Smith who recruited him hard this summer. Location is in Purdue’s favor though. I also wouldn’t count out Cincinnati or Dayton. Some sources have said Florida is still in the mix, but I have not heard any recent chatter about a planned visit to Gainesville.
- For your own sake, I recommend ignoring sources that Gary Harris is favoring Purdue. I do think Purdue and Michigan State are in the best position simply because IU’s scholarship situation puts them at a disadvantage. Jeff Borzello has recently stated that Michigan State and Purdue are the leaders. Jody Demling has picked Purdue as his guess for Gary Harris’ destination, but he quickly limited that statement by saying he doesn’t have any insider information. At this point it’s a pure guess and we won’t know anything anyway until after Harris’ official visits. This is why I don’t predict teenagers’ decisions.
- Twitter is helping me form a running list of visitors for the Purdue elite camp, but I’ll just rattle off some of the bigger names (all 2014 guys unless stated otherwise): Tyler Wideman, Trevon Bluiett, JaQuan Lyle, Darius Austin, Kendall Rollins, Peyton Allen, Jordan Garrett, Daeshon Francis, Jordan Pickett, Kendall Stephens (2013, Purdue commit), Riley Glassman, Jordan Ash (2015), Keita Bates Diop, Jon Johnson, Jordan Thomas, Amanze Egezeke. Feel free to comment if you know more!