Purdue Taps 'Naptown Again

One of the most active high-major programs in the Class of 2009 has been Purdue. On Friday, Jeff Robinson gave Matt Painter his 3rd junior pledge.

Matt Painter seemingly always has an eye on the future and his talent evaluations have been on point since taking over the program. On Friday, the Boilermakers dipped into Indianapolis in the hope they can pull out another JaJuan Johnson-type.

Like Johnson in 2007, Jeff Robinson's best days of basketball sound like they'll be played in college. A junior at famed Lawrence North, the 6-foot-9, 205 pounder picked the Boilers after hearing from Illinois, Butler and a host of programs.

"He's a very fluid player and he scores easily," veteran coach Jack Keefer told Scout.com. "He's got a quick jump and run. His best game is still in front of him. They recruited him with the potential of what he can be. His upside is quite good."

Robinson accounts for 8 points, 4 boards and 2 blocks on a prospect-laden team at Lawrence North. It was only a few days ago when he told Scout.com that Illinois and Purdue led. Meanwhile, Michigan State and Kentucky were keeping tabs.

"Jeff just really fell in love with the Purdue coaching staff," Brandon Bradley, of the Spiece Gym Rats, said. "How can you not? They just do things the right way and they're great people. There wasn't really a competitor."

Painter has Purdue active in the current junior market. Robinson's pledge is Painter's third from the class. Indianapolis Cathedral's Kelsey Barlow and Montgomery's D.J. Byrd were previously in the mix.

Keefer figured Robinson was ready to make the call. "He's been sitting on it and comparing for sometime and he decided it was time."

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