AAU season is approaching its busiest time, and this will mean many things for Purdue. Next month, the Boilermaker coaches will be all over the recruiting trails to scout some of their top prospects, but also get a look at some fringe prospects.
Boiler Sports Report takes a close look at five prospects who could be on the verge of offers.
P.J Thompson, Point Guard, Class of 2014—In the next two years, Purdue needs to add a point guard. The big question is who that will be. For now, the only point guard prospect Purdue is recruiting for the 2014 class is Tyler Ulis, but the Boilermakers' odds aren't favorable. Another option to watch is P.J. Thompson, a standout from Brebeuf Jesuit in Indianapolis. Thompson is undersized and has been under-recruited, but could become a Purdue target with a strong July.
Evan Boudreaux, Power Forward, Class of 2015—This past month, Evan Boudreaux learned what he had to do for an offer from the Boilermakers. While on campus in West Lafayette, the Purdue coaches told the power forward to impress them in July and an offer will come. The Lake Forest, Illinois standout is up for the challenge. Boudreaux has flown under the radar for much of his recruitment, but that has since changed. Now, he's a highly touted prospect with many major-conference offers. Purdue could be next if Boudreaux blows the coaches away.
Derrik Smits, Power Forward, Class of 2015—The Purdue coaches were ready to watch Derrik Smits in action during last week's team camp, but they didn't get to see what they wanted. Smits was battling injuries and his Noblesville (Ind.) High School team had an early exit from the tournament in West Lafayette. For Smits, it was a missed opportunity to impress the coaching staff. Fortunately, there are more chances ahead in July. The Boilermakers will be watching Smits closely during the evaluation period. If all goes well, he could have an offer before the month ends.
Caleb Swanigan, Center, Class of 2016—No schools have offered Caleb Swanigan yet. This writer is willing to bet that changes before the month of July is over. Swanigan, a physical center from Fort Wayne, is on several school's radar, including Purdue's. The 6-foot-7, 260-pounder is very likely to leave the AAU circuit with many offers in hand. Swanigan showed off his abilities at Purdue's team camp last week, playing in front of the Boilermaker coaches. It's sure to help that Swanigan plays for the Spiece Indy Heat team, which features a few of the nation's top prospects. The coaches will be flooding the gym to watch the Heat play, and this bodes well for Swanigan.
Nai Carlisle, Point Guard, Class of 2016—The Purdue coaches don't have to go far to watch Nai Carlisle play. The rising sophomore point guard attends high school just down the road from Purdue's campus at West Lafayette High School. However, this July will allow the coaches to see Carlisle play against some of the nation's top competition on the AAU circuit—a bit different from what he'll see in high school play. The Boilermakers are undoubtedly interested in Carlisle but have yet to extend an offer. This month will give the point guard a chance to change that.