Purdue Picks Up Wing

Although Kelsey Barlow and Derek Elston are AAU teammates now, the two 2009 prospects will soon play for rival schools. Barlow made his decision to play for Purdue this week.

The Purdue coaching staff has certainly been busy on the recruiting trail. Since July they've picked up Lewis Jackson, Ryne Smith and D.J. Byrd. On Wednesday they picked up one more 2009 prospect in Kelsey Barlow.

"He enjoys what Purdue has done terms of players that they have recruited and who is going to be there when he gets there with JaJuan Johnson, E'Twaun Moore, Robbie Hummel and Scott Martin," Barlow's AAU coach David Hamilton said.

"He really likes the staff and it's really close to home. He's a kid that has liked Purdue since the 7th grade. They've always been his dream school."

With the addition of Barlow, the Boilermakers add another versatile wing to their 2009 crop. Byrd and Kelsey are similar players in a sense that they can both play multiple positions.

"Kelsey is probably one of the more versatile players that you are going to be able to find in the class of 2009 because of his size and ability to handle the basketball," Hamilton said. "He's a nice perimeter play and he can also attack the rim."

"With his versatility he can basically play the one, two and the three. I think with the wingspan that he has and his defensive presence, as he's always guarding the opposing teams best player, that he's going to be a tremendous player."

Barlow picked Purdue over interest from Xavier, Bradley, Illinois, Indiana and Southern Illinois.

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