Playing alongside five-star talents Trey Lyles and Jaquan Lyle on a loaded Spiece Indy Heat squad, it was can't-miss basketball. The talented team had a target on its back during their time in Fort Wayne. Bluiett wouldn't have it any other way.
It was a year ago on the AAU circuit where the four-star forward began to garner recognition for his play. He's back at it again for another run.
"Nothing gets better than this," said Bluiett after a win on Saturday at the Run-N-Slam tournament.
Bluiett, who stands at 6-foot-5 and 185 pounds, holds offers from Purdue, Butler, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Louisville, Michigan, Northwestern, Notre Dame, UCLA and Xavier. He listed Butler, Indiana, Michigan and Purdue as schools which have made him a top priority.
For now, Bluiett is taking his time with the recruiting process. Another strong showing in AAU play will likely help his list of offers grow. In the meantime, he's evaluating his options on a regular basis. In sorting through each school, one factor stands above all else as the most important.
"That player-coach relationship," said Bluiett. "Nothing gets better than that. And I'd say a player-player relationship, too. Not just on the court, but off the court, too."
Purdue head coach Matt Painter has done plenty to build a close relationship with the Indianapolis product.
"We've got a good relationship," said Bluiett of Painter. "He's been watching me play since I was in eighth grade. I've always had a good relationship with him."
This summer on the AAU circuit, spectators will continue to jam in the gyms and watch Bluiett and his talented team in action. He hopes to make a strong impression.
"I feel like I can do a lot of things," he said, "and whatever it takes to help my team win."