"Coach Groce is a really good person. He led Ohio to a Sweet Sixteen, and he was at a small school no one ever heard of and didn't expect to go as far. He knows how to get a lot out of his players."
Bluiett was recruited by the previous Illini staff also, so he has familiarity with the school.
"I visited the academics there, and the basketball center. I've been there a couple times."
He added another visit recently. His dad Reynardo said the Illini made a good impression.
"He thought it went well! Coach Groce and the staff were great. The University of Illinois has a bright future ahead."
The 6'-5", 185 pounder has a quick release and great shooting touch from deep. He wants to keep working on his overall game.
"I think it's improving, slowly but surely. My athleticism has to get better, and that's one thing I'm trying to improve on. I've improved a lot in the last year, but there's still a lot of room to grow."
Bluiett has a big frame, so some might be concerned about possible weight gain in the future. He's not.
"No, not really. I feel good on the inside, everything's still the same. So I don't worry about it too much."
As well as he played through the July AAU evaluation period, one might expect new schools to be in touch.
"It's the same schools that's been recruiting me."
Regardless, he has plenty of suitors. Besides Illinois, others who have offered scholarships include Florida, Indiana, Butler, Cincinnati, Kansas State, Louisville, Notre Dame, Purdue, Virginia and Xavier.
Bluiett played up with the Indy Spiece Heat 17U team this summer. The team had a great deal of success until falling off at the Peach Jam. Playing without Trey Lyles, Vitto Brown and Jaquan Lyle, the Heat lost a semifinal game in the Fort Wayne tourney to end the summer evaluation period. But not before Bluiett did his part to keep the team in contention.
He now turns his focus to high school. Park Tudor has won two straight Indiana State championships in its division. Can Bluiett help give them a three peat?
"Hopefully. Our team isn't too far off, so hopefully we're gonna do that."