With just a few days left before the busy month of July, it would be nice for Matt Painter to take a few days off. That just isn't possible right now. Purdue has hosted some of its top prospects on campus during the month of June, making it a critical time for the Boilermakers' recruiting efforts.
Forward Malek Harris is visiting Purdue on Friday. You can read more on him below. Thursday was an important day for Purdue, with names like Trevon Bluiett, Caleb Swanigan, Nai Carlisle and Derrik Smits participating in team camp at Mackey Arena. With each big-name prospect in action, the Purdue coaches were parked courtside to get a good look.
There have been other priority prospects on campus outside of these camps. Lake Forest, Illinois forward Evan Boudreaux visited last week and may be closer to an offer. In addition, West Lafayette point guard Nai Carlisle made the short drive to see campus while playing in last week's team camp.
Is Bluiett still possible for Purdue?
If you read Trevon Bluiett's words closely, it would appear Purdue is still an option. Speaking outside Mackey Arena on Friday morning, the four-star forward made it known that he's still interested in the Boilermakers.
"I still like them," Bluiett said. "They're the first school to ever recruit me and that means a lot. And the fact that they still want me so badly, that definitely means a lot. I like Coach Painter, he's a great coach. He's a guy that gets you to the league."
Purdue is still active in its recruitment of Bluiett, and he surely still has interest in the program. However, he didn't express what level that interest is, and how it compares to other schools. My personal feeling is that Butler or Louisville could be the most likely landing spots. Yet, I'm not ruling out Purdue just yet.
Purdue playing host
For years, the Illinois Wolves have offered Purdue a recruiting pipeline. See Kendall Stephens and Jay Simpson as the most recent success stories from the suburban Chicago program. Now, the Boilermakers are working at another Wolves prospect, three-star forward Malek Harris.
Matt Painter and Purdue will host Harris on Friday and a scholarship offer could be coming. For the forward, it's important to begin building relationships with the program.
"Purdue is a great program, a great school and they have a great basketball program," he said on Tuesday. "It's definitely one of the top schools around. I'm interested to see how I would fit in what they've got going there."
What's the point
Purdue is pretty much set at the point guard position … for now. Ronnie Johnson is running the floor for the Boilermakers, but they're looking to sure up the position for the future. For the 2014 class, it's not a major priority. Only one recruit, four-star point guard Tyler Ulis, has been targeted by Purdue. Another option could emerge for this class, but it's highly unlikely.
The future of Purdue's point guard position could come in the 2015 class, which is loaded with talent. The names to watch are Hyron Edwards, Jalen Brunson, Jordan Ash and Glynn Watson, each who hold offers. Another sleeper name is Gary, Indiana native Antonio Poole, though he does not hold an offer and will struggle to earn one as Purdue wait out its top four point guard targets.