The 6-3, 180-pound Lutz, a guard who played his high school ball at Trinity Prep (N.H.) alongside Bonner, who is at West Virginia, at Millard – one of the most sought after recruits in the northeast – committed to Purdue on an official visit this weekend.
``I think he realized that Purdue genuinely wanted him," said Brewster coach Jason Smith, who will have Lutz this season for a post-grad year. "When the 5/8 rule went away, school's were offering without doing a lot of follow-ups."
``He felt comfortable with how genuine the coaches were," added Smith. "Plus, he liked the situation with Matt Painter going in as Gene Keady's successor since Painter has been recruiting him."
Purdue had been after Lutz for more than a year after watching Lutz light it up from the outside in a workout.
``People always comment on his ability to shoot the ball," Smith said. "But he's good with the ball, is athletic and is able to get into the seams of the defense and get to the rim."
But Lutz, who led Trinity in scoring each of the last three seasons, can flat-out shoot the ball and has a quick release. That's what drew both Purdue and Wisconsin to offer him to come and play for them this fall. However, Lutz was loyal to Brewster, and Smith in particular, and also figured a year in the prep ranks would better prepare him for Big Ten play. Lutz, who has a 3.4 GPA and scored an 1100 on the SAT, was also seriously considering Columbia because of the academics and its coach, former Villanova assistant Joe Jones. Vanderbilt was also in the mix until recently picking up shooting guard George Drake. Rice, UMass, St. Bonaventure, Penn and Davidson were also involved.