LOS ANGELES—One of the top targets on the Michigan basketball recruiting board is 2014 Indianapolis (Ind.) Park Tudor wing Trevon Bluiett. Known for his ability to score the basketball in a variety of ways against the toughest competition, Bluiett’s father and AAU coach Reynardo Bluiett has seen quite a bit of growth out of his son over the past year, enough to indicate to him, and to others, his son is far from a one dimensional player.
“Most surprising to me (over the) last year was defense,” Bluiett’s father told GoBlueWolverine. “Last year in the EYBL, as an incoming junior, he really took it upon himself to guard James Young and Nathan Ray and guard Andrew Wiggins -- he wanted to do that.
“So now, I see him moving his feet and playing defense like that’s just what he does. It’s not what he’s been known for but for the past two years it’s like his thing. I’ve been impressed by that.”
Spending this spring and summer on the AAU circuit as a member of Spiece Indy Heat before finishing with Indiana Elite, Bluiett continued to raise his profile, one that includes being the No. 40 overall player in the country in the class of 2014. Ending his AAU career just one week ago, Bluiett’s father believes his son’s development came down to one thing.
“Just maturing,” Bluiett’s father said. “Understanding that it may be ok to push the issue here and there. He and the core guys (on his AAU team) have been playing together for so long, they love each other and respect each other so much that they want to make each other happy a lot. Sometimes I tell him to get outside his box a little bit and push the issue. He works hard at it so he might as well show it.”
The hard work has paid dividends on many different levels for Bluiett, particularly when it comes to recruiting. Releasing a list of his top seven schools Wednesday to FOXSportsNEXT National Basketball Recruiting Analyst Brian Snow, the 6-foot-6, 205-pound Bluiett announced he is down to Arizona, Butler, Indiana, Michigan, Purdue, UCLA and Xavier.
“It was kind of one of those things where he just wanted to knock it down,” Bluiett’s father said. “We haven’t talked about recruiting much and I think he’s kind of tired of even having people say he’s got 24 teams (on him) and all that.
“He wanted to cut the phone calls down and all that. He just sat down one night and gave me his pros and cons of about 10 and he really went to seven. I really believe in his mind it’s four.”
Asked whether or not the Wolverines could be included among the four schools standing out the most in his son’s head, coach Bluiett didn’t hesitate to answer.
“Always have,” he said. “He’s always regarded Michigan pretty high and he loves the coaching staff, the style of play.”
Still thought to be in the evaluation stage of his recruitment, likely far from a decision, Bluiett’s father seemed to indicate a commitment might not be that far off for the soon to be senior, and that the Bluiett’s could be blue when they make an official visit to Ann Arbor at the end of the month.
“We got a tentative (visit) on the 31st of August, the first football game,” Bluiett’s father said. “We’re trying to make arrangements for that. I hear that’s an extravaganza.
“A lot of recruits don’t leave there uncommitted -- I heard,” he laughingly added.
Bluiett will be competing in the 2013 Adidas Nations camp until Aug. 5 before heading back to Indianapolis to begin preparations for one final high school season.
“It’s great, man,” Bluiett’s father said of the experience in California. “Nothing like being a dad. This is fun and a lot of top talent in the country here. It’s always good to be around the best no matter what you do. I told him just to take advantage of it.”
Look for highlights of Bluiett in action at Adidas Nations in the coming days on GoBlueWolverine.com.