Things started off quickly for Trevon Bluiett. The now four-star small forward began getting recruiting attention the moment he stepped on campus at Indianapolis (Ind.) Park Tudor. By the time his freshman year was over Bluiett had already picked up an offer from Indiana, and Purdue wasn't far behind.
Bluiett however was a bit of a different kid, and he wanted to take things slow. By the time his junior season was over neither the Hoosiers nor Boilermakers were serious options, and instead he locked in on Michigan and Butler with the Bulldogs being the strong leader. However things would change when his school coach, Ed Schilling, took a job at UCLA and also Brad Stevens left Butler for the NBA's Boston Celtics.
At that point the Wolverines seemed to fall off and UCLA, Xavier, and Butler were seen as the main contenders for his services before eventually Bluiett picked the Bruins.
That commitment would only last a few weeks, and almost immediately Xavier and Butler along with Michigan State and Memphis entered the picture. A few official and unofficial visits later, some delayed announcements, and a lot of conjecture all combined for an interesting recruitment with a lot of intrigue.
Bluiett won't scare an opponent during layup lines, but when the game starts he is difficult to deal with. He is one of the absolute best scorers in the class, and is someone with a nose for the basketball.
Still what stands out the most is his ability to shoot the basketball. Bluiett can absolutely catch fire and is one of the best pure shooters in the country. When his feet are set and he gets a clean look it is almost always in, and then he has a good enough IQ and feel for the game to understand how to get open and create space for himself.
Though not an explosive leaper, Bluiett is actually a pretty good rebounder because of his understanding of the game and how to block out as well as knowing where the ball is coming off the rim. Beyond that he is also a good passer who sees the floor.
Now defensively he is very much a work in progress and will never be good on that end, and he has to continue to monitor his body and stay in shape, but in terms of pure production not too many have been better than Bluiett in the 2014 class.
Brian Snow: This one has taken some time, there is no question about that, but from the day he de-committed Xavier was the team to catch. The Musketeers have received two unofficial visits in the last 10 days, and Bluiett has seemingly been leaning there from the beginning. Michigan State made a strong run late, and Butler stayed in until the end with home field advantage, but at the end of the day he will likely be a Musketeer. Prediction: Xavier
Evan Daniels: After decommitting from UCLA, Xavier, Butler, Michigan State and Memphis all made runs at Bluiett. Xavier was able to get him on campus a couple times recently and Xavier assistant Travis Steele is tough to beat in Indianapolis. I'm going with Xavier in this one. Prediction: Xavier