Time for a recruiting rundown for Purdue basketball. Let’s look at two future classes: 2012 and 2013.
2012 — 2 one-year scholarships open
Right now, there are two one-year openings. But it’s already June and it’s looking less and less likely that Purdue will add a fifth player to their 2012 class. The only thing stopping me from putting a period on the already touted class of 2012 is the possibility of a late transfer.
Needs: Purdue really needs a point guard or combo guard, preferably one with immediate eligibility. Unfortunately, the ship has sailed on Julius Mays – he chose Kentucky over Purdue. With limited time and an evaporating pool of talent, there aren’t many other places to look.
Two names remain as transfer possibilities: freshman Nic Moore (Illinois State) and sophomore Michael Perez (UTEP). Neither of these guards would be eligible next season and would have to sit out a year per NCAA rules.
- Nic Moore is currently visiting Southern Methodist where his former coach has taken an associate head coaching job to Larry Brown. Moore is also considering Illinois and Notre Dame. Rumor is that he is seriously considering either SMU and Illinois. It’s looking less and less like Moore will wind up at Purdue. Mutual interest: Low
- The other transfer possibility, Michael Perez, will have two years of eligibility after sitting out next season. The 6 foot 3 shooting guard is expected to take visits in early June, but there have not been any reports that he has taken a trip to Purdue. My gut feeling is the same as Jeff Washburn’s of the Lafayette Journal & Courier: Painter will likely pass. Mutual interest: Low
- Tanner Lancona: the 6-8 forward has a body that’s nearly ready for the college game. He has a nice outside stroke, although his shooting consistency is still a work in progress. His skill level is fairly good for a guy with his size. He’s not insanely athletic, but he does aggressively attack the rim and put up some impressive dunks. Matt Painter has shown interest, but will probably wait until he can see Lancona in person before throwing his hat into the ring. Mutual interest: Medium-Low
- Trevor Thompson: a 2012 graduate of Ben Davis, the 6-10 forward has ideal size and enormous wingspan. His game is still a work in progress and he’s headed to prep school to get more exposure and work on his academics. Still, Purdue has taken notice of him and will likely track his progress. He is playing AAU with Basil Smotherman, so Purdue won’t have to go out of its way to watch him this summer. Mutual interest: Medium-Low
- RJ Curington: a 6-5 wing from Oak Hill, who is originally from Dyer, Indiana. His defense is an area for improvement, but he is a good shooter. Mutual interest: Low
- Nigel Hayes: 6-7 forward/wing from Toledo, Ohio. Hayes is actually a player for Ryne Smith’s father at Toledo Whitmer. Hayes has very good athleticism and his skill is really developing. I could see Purdue get more serious in his recruitment as long as he continues to progress. Right now, only mid major schools have offered Hayes. That could change soon though. Mutual interest: Medium
- Jack Whitman: 6-8 forward from Lexington, KY. Whitman is thin, but a very good rebounder. He does not have Derek Willis type of skill, but he has a good basketball IQ. Purdue is tracking him, but nothing seems imminent. Mutual interest: Low
- Brian Bridgewater: the 6-6 power forward is strong as an ox and doubles as a highly rated football player. His game might be compared a little bit to Chane Behanan of Louisville. Odds are low that he would ever make it to Purdue though because he is from Baton Rouge, LA and his brother went to LSU. Mutual interest: Low