As a freshman Bluiett was a key contributor on a state title team, and that repeated itself during his sophomore season. For Bluiett winning back-to-back state titles was a big deal, but not something surprising to him.
"It was a good feeling," said Bluiett. "From the start after we won state as a freshman I knew we could do it again. It definitely wasn't a surprise we went back-to-back, I expected to do it honestly."
New Kansas State head coach Bruce Weber had been recruiting Bluiett when he was at Illinois, so there was a pre-existing relationship, but still the offer caught Bluiett a little bit by surprise.
"Coach Weber talked to my dad and told him I had a scholarship," said Bluiett. "I was a little bit surprised because I didn't get an offer from Illinois when he was there. It is a good feeling though, and I am still working and getting closer to my goal."
Up to this point almost all of Bluiett's interest had been coming from regional schools. To hear from a national program like Florida meant something to him.
"It means a lot," Bluiett explained. "Growing up I wanted to be a big star at a big college, the fact that Florida called me makes me feel a little bit better, and now I just have to keep working to get that offer."
One of the major reasons that Bluiett's stock has risen is due to his commitment to getting into the best shape of his life. In the last 12 months he has shed weight and gotten more athletic and quicker.
"I watch what I eat, I am in the weight room three days a week, and then I am playing basketball three more days a week," Bluiett explained. "As long as I am doing that and staying active every day along with eating right, I am going to keep improving."
For now Bluiett makes it clear he is wide open in the process and that he doesn't have any leaders. He plans to take things slow before making a final decision.
"At first you get anxious and you want to commit, but at the end of the day you have to relax and not force anything," said Bluiett. "Maybe next year I will work my way to a decision. Now I am definitely going to go on visits and stuff this year, but I won't think about a decision until next year."