Purdue watching West Lafayette guard

Purdue is evaluating local point guard prospect Nai Carlisle, a star at West Lafayette High School. Boiler Sports Report caught up with him at camp and updates his recruitment.

Ever since Nai Carlisle moved to West Lafayette, he has just seen Purdue as that school down the street. He attends several games per year at Mackey Arena to root on the Boilermakers. Now, his sentiments toward the university are changing.

Carlisle's name is beginning to blow up, and Purdue is taking notice. The rising sophomore point guard is a star for West Lafayette High School and gaining national attention, with schools like Purdue, Notre Dame and Virginia Tech showing interest.

On Friday, Purdue hosted several local teams on campus for a tournament, including Carlisle's West Lafayette squad. With the point guard leading the floor, the Boilermakers' three assistant coaches watched from the sidelines.

"I really don't notice it," said Carlisle in a likely bluff. "I've just got to stay focused on the game, play my game and help this team win."

If Carlisle didn't notice the three Purdue-logoed polos along the baseline on Friday, he has seen them before at other games. The Boilermaker coaches have been watching the local product closely.

"It's great," said Carlisle. "I'm just working hard and getting better."

Purdue associate head coach Jack Owens has led the recruitment of Carlisle and is working to build a relationship with him. Carlisle is just working to impress the staff and earn an offer.

With all eyes on Carlisle during Friday's tournament, it was a golden opportunity.

"It was good," said Carlisle after his first-round game. "I just wanted to show my game and what I can do."

For the West Lafayette standout, a recruitment to the local school creates a convenient scenario for both parties. This year, Carlisle will be attending more games in Mackey Arena, but this time, as a recruit.

"It's great," he said. "They're right across the street, basically, they're showing interest in me."

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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