NCB On The Trail: Purdue Boilermakers

Scout's take: Haas flips to Purdue 

November, 18, 2013
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Four-star center Isaac Haas (Piedmont, Ala./Hokes Bluff), the nation's No. 86 overall prospect, has decommitted from Wake Forest and committed to Purdue, giving coach Matt Painter his second ESPN 100 performer in the 2014 class. Haas joins ESPN 100 small forward Vincent Edwards in the Boilermakers' class.

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Reggie Rankin/ESPNIsaac Haas should fit well on both ends for Purdue.
Why he committed: Haas is a great system fit for the Boilermakers. He is a true center who will excel in Painter's motion offense and physical man defense.

#AskCoachB: Latest on Bluiett

October, 14, 2013
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I spoke with Trevon's dad, Reynardo Bluiett, just a few days ago and he mentioned the following schools for his son: Butler, Memphis, Xavier, Michigan State and Purdue.

This past weekend, Bluiett (Indianapolis/Park Tudor) made an official visit to Memphis. A significant factor in the favor of Memphis is assistant coach Jason Gardner, who was Mr. Basketball in Indiana in 1999 and became an All-American at Arizona. Butler also seems to be right in the thick of it, as they are the local school that is now in the Big East. Michigan State is in the hunt to go along with ESPN 100 PG Lourawls Nairn, who we like to distribute the ball. After speaking with his dad, it looks as though there is a good chance Bluiett will make his decision in the early signing period.

Scout's take: Edwards to Purdue 

September, 14, 2013
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Purdue coach Matt Painter received some good news on Saturday when ESPN 100 small forward Vincent Edwards (Middletown, Ohio/Middletown), ranked No. 83 overall, committed to the Boilermakers over offers from Dayton, Michigan and Xavier.

"I picked Purdue because it feels like home and I am very comfortable here," wrote Edwards via text from Saturday's Notre Dame-Purdue football game.

This is a great pickup for Matt Painter, landing the second-best player from the state of Ohio. Only Ohio State commit Jae'Sean Tate ranks higher.

Why did he pick Purdue? And what will he bring to the Boilermakers? Let's break it down.


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Marquette lands four-star forward 

June, 26, 2013
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Power forward Malek Harris (Orland Park, Ill./Carl Sandburg) verbally committed to Marquette on Wednesday, ESPN.com has confirmed.

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Purdue lands Ohio shooting guard

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Junior shooting guard Dakota Mathias (Elida, Ohio/Elida) verbally committed to Purdue on Sunday, ESPN.com has confirmed.

The 6-foot-5 Mathias chose the Boilermakers over offers from Boston College and West Virginia. He is the first recruit for Purdue from the 2014 class.

Vandy adds late addition to 2013 class

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Vanderbilt head coach Kevin Stallings added a late commitment to the Commodores' 2013 class earlier this week, according to The Tennessean.

Six-foot-10 power forward Luke Kornet (Argyle, Texas/Liberty Christian) chose Vanderbilt after considering interest from SMU, Kansas State, Purdue and TCU. He is the son of former Vanderbilt player Frank Kornet, who was All-SEC in the late 1980s.

"I think it's awesome," the elder Kornet told the paper. "It's hard to describe how it's coming full circle again. I'm really happy for Luke. I think it's a great fit. I've always tried to, for the most part, stay out of it. But at same time, you'd love for them to be part of that -- something you were a part of once and holds a special place in your heart."

Kornet joins ESPN 100 PF Damian Jones (Baton Rouge, La./Scotlandville Magnet).

Kentucky's Mr. Basketball picks 'Cats 

April, 10, 2013
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Senior point guard Dominique Hawkins (Richmond, Ky./Madison Central) announced his commitment to the University of Kentucky on Wednesday morning, the Louisville Courier-Journal reported.


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Football prospect Elder has hoops offer 

January, 28, 2013
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Cornelius Elder has a new scholarship offer -- in another sport.


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Vandy lands in-state PG Thompson 

January, 19, 2013
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Senior point guard Darius Thompson (Murfreesboro, Tenn./Blackman) ended his recruitment on Saturday with a commitment to Vanderbilt, according to The Tennessean.


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Ohio State went into enemy territory and nabbed a power forward who add a lot flexibility to the Buckeyes' roster in two years.

What Keita Bates-Diop (Bloomington, Ill./University) will bring to the Buckeyes shows up beyond the stat sheets as he can spread the floor and cause mismatches virtually everywhere.

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Scott BurgessKeita Bates-Diop, who became the first verbal commitment to Ohio State's 2014 basketball class, has a 7-foot-3 wingspan on a 6-foot-7 frame.
The 6-foot-7 high school junior, who committed to Ohio State on Sunday, is ranked No. 27 in the ESPN 60. With touch around the rim, he uses his height in the low post to rise above defenders and is a marksman as a passer.

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ESPN 60 Bates-Diop picks Ohio State 

November, 18, 2012
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Class of 2014 power forward Keita Bates-Diop (Bloomington, Ill./University) ended his recruitment on Sunday with a verbal pledge to Ohio State. The news was confirmed by his AAU coach to ESPN.com.

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ESPN 100 Stephens highlights Purdue class 

November, 14, 2012
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Purdue head coach Matt Painter announced the Boilermakers' 2013 early signing class on Wednesday.

Signing their official letters of intent were ESPN 100 shooting guard Kendall Stephens (St. Charles, Ill./East) along with forward Basil Smotherman (Indianapolis/Heritage Christian) and guard Bryson Scott (Fort Wayne, Ind./Northrop).

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ESPN.com has confirmed that junior power forward Trey Lyles (Indianapolis/Arsenal Tech) has decided to reopen his recruitment and is no longer committed to Indiana.

The 6-foot-8 ESPN 60 prospect chose the Hoosiers in September 2010 before he had ever played a varsity game. Lyles averaged a double-double (21.0 ppg and 14.0 rpg) as a sophomore last season. He's ranked No. 7 in the class of 2014 by ESPN.

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Ohio State offers PF Nigel Hayes 

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A power forward with a familiar last name picked up an offer from Ohio State -- his third offer from a Big Ten school.

Nigel Hayes (Toledo, Ohio/Whitmer), whose brother Kenny is a redshirt freshman on Ohio State’s football team, nabbed an offer from his home state school after a monster junior season.

The offer was confirmed by his mother Talaya Davis and Panthers basketball coach Bruce Smith on Wednesday.

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Junior Derek Willis commits to Kentucky 

January, 20, 2012
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Kentucky landed its first Class of 2013 recruit when Derek Willis, who's No. 42 in the ESPNU 60 and No. 10-ranked PF, committed to the Wildcats on Friday.

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Kelly Kline/NikeDerek Willis is the No. 42 overall player in the 2013 class.
The 6-foot-9, 210-pound junior from Mount Washington (Ky.) Bullitt East picked coach John Calipari and the Cats over Indiana, Louisville and Purdue, where he was once committed.

"Kentucky was the best fit for me. I like UK, Coach Cal and the staff. This is where the best players in the country go," he said. "As for the Purdue commitment I just got caught up in the moment and it was my first offer."

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