Park Tudor School (Ind.)
Spiece Indy Heat (AAU)
6-foot-5, 185 lbs.
Sure, it's unlikely that Year One of the Collins Era will haul in four-star small forward Trevon Bluiett. But NU, intent on building its national recruiting ties, refuses to take his recruitment lightly. They offered Bluiett two weekends ago, and then continued to pursue him with even more intensity.
Why back off? Bluiett clearly has the dominant skillset required to turn around the NU program. He's honest about the team's lack of reputation; he also has the opportunity to change that. Bluiett is an old-school success story. He described his game to PurpleWildcats.com as "shoot-first," which makes sense when you watch his game.
He's unconscious from the perimeter. When Bluiett finds his rhythm, he demands the ball at the top of the key and drains wide-open jump shots. Then, as defenders learn to close out, he blows by them with his strong athleticism.
Bluiett is also accustomed to playing alongside high-level talents. His Spiece team boasts Trey Lyles and James Blackmon—which often leads to relatively even scoring distribution. No one needs to dominate on a team this good.
Here's another interesting point: At Spiece, he demonstrated immense defensive ability. Even at AAU–a forum not normally conducive to shutdown efforts–he was admirable against five-star power forward Kevon Looney. Even while giving up several inches, Bluiett kept Looney in check with solid fundamentals. In that matchup, too, he drained four three-pointers in the first five minutes. He's an all-around phenomenal basketball player.
Does NU love its chances to land Bluiett? Probably not. But the strategy goes like this: Leave no player unevaluated. Collins exudes an impressive aura of confidence, and did so immediately upon accepting the Northwestern job. That certainly won't keep him from aggressively recruiting one of the top players in the Midwest.
Trevon Bluiett holds offers from Indiana, Florida, Louisville and several other schools.
He spoke to Purple Wildcats HERE.