2014 Park Tudor (Ind.) high school small forward Trevon Bluiett and his father Reynardo planned on being in Ann Arbor for the Wolverines regular season finale against Indiana Sunday regardless of the implications. As luck would have it the stakes were extremely high. Despite Michigan coming up on the short end of the stick and falling short of a second straight Big Ten title with the 72-71 loss, the atmosphere inside Crisler Center impressed the Bluiett’s.
“It was great,” Bluiett’s father told GoBlueWolverine. “It was a full house. It was festive outside with everybody supporting and just a real, great college atmosphere. Pretty much how you would imagine it.
“They did a great job of -- didn’t see a lot of red in the building, so you kind of look at that like, ‘wow I don’t know how you get that done.’ But just the basketball awareness of the crowd, you can just feel they love the basketball there.”
Arriving shortly before tip, father and son were able to chat with the Michigan coaching staff for a few minutes before having an extended conversation in the aftermath of the last second loss. Despite the obvious disappointment, John Beilein’s poise impressed Mr. Bluiett.
“We sat and talked a little after the game, but after a loss like that you kind of respect those guys enough to try to keep it short so they can move on but it was good,” Mr. Bluiett stated. “Coach Beilein is just a professional, took it, and said he’s ready to move on.”
After making it down to Park Tudor several times to see Trevon in person throughout the winter, Beilein continued to sing his praises of the 6-5, 185-pound small forward and his ability to put the ball in the hole.
“He expressed his vision for Trevon there and how he’s enjoyed watching him play this high school season and just told him his arms are wide open for him,” said the elder Bluiett. “Just continued on that line and he never wavered from that since he offered.”
Named Marion County player of the year Friday, as voted by the coaches, Bluiett’s season ended abruptly in a 69-67 sectional loss to Indianapolis Broad Ripple on March 1st. While the wound fresh, the early exit allowed the Bluietts the opportunity to discuss the recruiting process and where things stand as far as a decision is concerned.
“It’s wait and see,” said Bluiett’s father. “It was kind of different this year because usually you don’t have time to think about this stuff when you’re making a state run but we sat and talked the other day and we had some time to sit and talk. We don’t have a date but we’re not opposed to doing something earlier than we originally planned.”
“If he gets the feeling and says, ‘hey this is what I want to do,’ then I don’t have a problem with that.”
Michigan wouldn’t have a problem with an early decision either, especially if Bluiett decided to become a Wolverine. Playing without Indiana freshman point guard Yogi Ferrell for the first time in two years, Bluiett had an uphill battle as a junior but will be better for it with a full AAU season and one more high school season remaining before he heads off to college.
“When he got it, he made it and learned how to be efficient,” he said. “This year he had a younger crew and no one had played varsity, so he had to kind of be like (Michael) Jordan almost -- be the leader of the team and grow those boys up and still get out there and perform. I don’t know if I’ve seen a high school kid take a beating that he took this year from every team.”