It was just Tuesday when I speculated how the dismissal of Kelsey Barlow might affect Purdue’s basketball recruitment. And on Friday night, Adam Zagoria reported that Purdue offered class of 2012 guard Sam Cassell Jr.:
First of all, Sam Cassell Jr. has a world of talent. Yes, he’s the son of former NBA player Sam Cassell. But the Boilers aren’t just interested because of his name. He’s arguably the best available guard in the class of 2012 and he’s a hot commodity. He was recently offered by UConn and also has interest from Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, South Florida, Maryland, and Florida State among others.
As you’ll see from the video, Cassell Jr. has good size at 6-4, great handles, a nice jumpshot, and the athleticism to get past his defender. At 6-4, he should have good length to guard on the defensive end.
Whether Purdue is able to land Cassell Jr. or not, this offer means that Matt Painter is ready to expand the 2012 class with Barlow’s departure. It is difficult to determine if Purdue will have a real shot here because the recruiting competition for Cassell Jr. is fierce.
One interpretation of this news is that coach Matt Painter doesn’t plan to offer other 2012 players and that he has narrowed his focus to an ultra talented player like Sam Cassell Jr. Alternatively, maybe this means that Purdue will aggressively target other 2012 players since the departure of Barlow. After all, the Boilers will lose a lot of their scoring this year after Robbie Hummel, Lewis Jackson, and Ryne Smith graduate.