Multiple sources indicated that Purdue was in great shape to land 6-2 combo guard Julius Mays. However, Julius Mays announced on Sunday that he committed to the Kentucky Wildcats instead. Mays visited Purdue on Saturday and unofficially visited Kentucky the previous week.
The impact of the recruiting miss on the Boilermakers next year is substantial. Purdue has only one true point guard on their roster next year (Ronnie Johnson) and he happens to be a true freshman. Mays scored 14.1 points for the Wright State Raiders last year and led the team in assists while shooting a proficient 42.4% from behind the arc. Purdue will have to count heavily on returning guards Terone Johnson and Anthony Johnson to contribute as point guards.
The Boilermakers only have 11 returning scholarship players next year after the departures of guards Kelsey Barlow and John Hart. The backcourt is especially thin with only Terone Johnson, Anthony Johnson, Ronnie Johnson, Rapheal Davis, and Dru Anthrop (walk-on).
It is unclear whether Purdue will sign any other players in this class. Matt Painter badly needs at least one more guard for depth, but it’s awfully late in the game to find a quality player. Not to mention, Purdue needs someone that can play next year. The Boilermakers may turn to the junior college ranks or scour for other 5th year transfers. A transfer that has to sit out a year will do Matt Painter no good.
There’s no doubt — this recruiting miss will make things more difficult for Purdue next year. Not only did they miss out on a scorer, they will have to count heavily on a freshman point guard and just three other underclassmen guards.