Boudreaux set for Purdue visit

Lake Forest (Ill.) forward Evan Boudreaux will visit West Lafayette this weekend, seeing Purdue for the first time. He looks ahead to the visit in this Boiler Sports Report feature.

Just hours before Evan Boudreaux watched Purdue upset No. 17 Wisconsin at Kohl Center, a visit to West Lafayette was arranged. Purdue assistant Greg Gary called the Lake Forest (Ill.) center's coach to set a tour for the Boilermaker's Saturday contest with Minnesota.

This will be the first visit to West Lafayette for the 6-foot-7 center. Purdue has yet to show steady interest in Boudreaux until now.

"I'm really looking forward to meeting the coaches, seeing Purdue and their campus, seeing how they play and what the atmosphere is like," Boudreaux said.

While Boudreaux has never visited Purdue in person, he has followed along with the program. With that, he has a good idea of what to expect in the visit—both from Mackey Arena and the Purdue program.

"I'm guessing it's going to be a pretty good environment," Boudreaux said. "I know their fans come out, especially for a big game like this. It should be a fun environment to see.

"Building a relationship with the coaching staff is huge for me. I want to be able to trust the coaches and I want them to be honest with me. I think building my relationships is definitely key. They're definitely on the upswing there. They have a lot of young guys on that team. In the coming years, they're definitely going to be a force in the Big Ten."

Boudreaux has yet to speak with Purdue head coach Matt Painter, but is eager for that to change. The eighth-year head coach is someone he has great respect for.

"I've read a lot about him, but I'm looking forward to meeting him in person," Boudreaux said. "He's a great coach. Meeting him in person is going to be a great experience."

Boudreaux holds two scholarship offers—Boston College and Northwestern—but has received steady interest from across the Big Ten. He hopes the offers keep coming his way.

"It's definitely exciting," he said. "I've been getting a lot of attention. I'm trying to take it in stride and not let it go to my head, because it's definitely exciting and definitely fun to see all the different colleges."

Chris Emma has covered recruiting, college athletics and professional baseball for FOX Sports Next since 2009. Emma covered the Nebraska Cornhuskers and Northwestern Wildcats, and currently covers the Purdue Boilermakers. A Chicago native, he resides in West Lafayette.
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