Two Big In-State Offers for Hulls

In the matter of 24 hours, Bloomington (Ind.) guard Jordan Hulls has secured scholarship offers from Indiana and now Purdue. Hulls talks about being offered by both big in-state schools and a couple of other possibilities...

Bloomington – The last two days have resulted in two big offers for Bloomington (Ind.) South guard Jordan Hulls.

On Tuesday, the 6-0, 170-pound guard was caught by surprise when IU Coach Tom Crean offered him a scholarship during a late-night phone call. On Wednesday, an unofficial trip to Purdue ended with a scholarship offer from Boilermaker Coach Matt Painter.

"It's an accomplishment for me and a great honor to be offered by both," said Hulls. "They are both great schools, good academics, good coaching staffs. It's an exhilarating feeling."

Hulls has gone from a mid-major prospect to a coveted major-college recruiting target this spring thanks to his efforts with the Indiana Elite AAU squad. Indiana and Purdue both started calling after he turned in a big effort at the Pitt Jam Fest last month, and the IU and Purdue offers came just days after he returned following an all-tourney performance at the Jayhawk Invitational last weekend.

Hulls said Indiana and Purdue are two of his favorites, along with Duke and Stanford. Neither Duke nor Stanford have offered, but both have been pursuing Hulls this spring as well.

Duke started showing interest at the same time as IU and Purdue, and Hulls has ties to the Duke program. Hulls' grandfather, John Hulls, was an assistant coach on Bob Knight's staff at Army when Mike Krzyzewski was a player at West Point. Hulls said he's supposed to talk with Krzyzewski soon, and he should have a better idea then about how close they might be to offering a scholarship.

"Words can't express what it would mean to be offered by Coach K, but IU and Purdue, words can't express what that means to me either," Hulls said. "Duke is another opportunity for me to look at and examine. Eventually I'll have to decide what fits me best, whether it's IU, Purdue, Duke, Stanford or any other school I haven't heard from yet."

Hulls is getting more and more familiar with Crean's Indiana program as of late, having made an unofficial visit a couple of weeks ago and then securing the offer last night. He said he'll be making another unofficial visit to IU on Friday, which coincides with the start of the Adidas May Classic AAU event in Bloomington.

"Coach Crean always compares me to Travis Diener, who played for him at Marquette and is in the NBA now," Hulls said. "He likes my vision, my basketball IQ, and my ability to lead a basketball team. He said he really likes how I play and thinks I fit his style."

While those are big plusses for IU, Hulls said he was equally impressed with his trip to Purdue this afternoon and that as of right now the two in-state offers are on equal footing.

"I can't really determine which one I like better," Hulls said. "They are both great schools, and I had great visits to both.

"Neither of the coaches are pressuring me to make a decision right now, but it's difficult (to wait) because I like them both. It's going to be a tough decision."


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