From very early on Purdue made Smotherman a priority from the very beginning and were his first offer. After that offer came he also added Illinois, Xavier, and Indiana to his collection. Now according to Basil Smotherman Sr. it is all moot as Smotherman is on board with the Boilers who were long considered his favorite.
I have always told Basil that I want him to make his own decision and last night when he came home from the game he felt Purdue was right for him," said Smotherman Sr.
He continued, "I think it was the relationship with the coaches, the location of the school, and the comfort with the system that Purdue over the top. It has been a two year process with Purdue and that is where Basil felt most comfortable."
This season playing for Heritage Christian Smotherman has done a good job of being a consistent shooter, and is also improving his ball handling along with being a good athlete.
Joining Smotherman in Purdue's class is Bryson Scott and Kendall Stephens. Smotherman and Stephens both make their home on the wing, while Scott is more of a combo guard who likes to play on the ball.
It is no secret that with spots filling up, Smotherman knew his scholarship could go away, and that did somewhat speed up the decision.
"Realistically it is something you have to look at," said Smotherman Sr. about the scholarship crunch going on in Indiana right now. "The recruiting process is simply at a different speed than it was five years ago. Someone could have taken the opportunity and Basil didn't want to end up at a school that he didn't want to go to or simply had to go to. Purdue was right for him."
Look for Purdue to try to add one more prospect to what is already shaping up to be a very impressive class.