The Purdue Boilermakers continue to try and add quality pieces to their 2017 recruiting class, and on Monday Matt Painter and his staff got a commitment from Aaron Wheeler. Wheeler was impressive this summer with the Mass Rivals, and now he will make his home in the Big Ten.
"Aaron just felt there was no need to wait," said Brewster Academy Head Coach Jason Smith. "He really liked Coach Painter and his staff, and when he took the visit he just felt it was the perfect place for him academically and athletically."
At around 6-foot-7, Wheeler will provide the Boilermakers with a versatile forward who can do a little bit of everything. In that way he is a little bit like current Boilermaker forward Vince Edwards.
"I think Aaron has a lot of potential," said Smith. "He is a good athlete who can guard, and if he continues to work hard he will be someone who causes matchup problems on the offensive end."
In the end Wheeler chose the Boilermakers over Pittsburgh, Arkansas, Northwestern, and Creighton.
This is the second commitment for the Boilermakers in the class of 2017. He joins center Matt Haarms in the class that Painter hopes grows to as many as five.