With many options at the center position, Purdue can be selective. With a talented prospect like Isaac Haas on the board, the Boilermakers' decision may be a bit easier. Haas, the 7-foot-1 center from Hokes Bluff, Alabama, has emerged as the priority prospect for Purdue's frontcourt.
Haas named Purdue as one of the five schools he's focusing on, along with Texas A&M, UAB, UCLA and Wichita State. The Boilermakers jumped into the mix for Haas several months back and now find themselves in a solid position.
Purdue has several options to solidify its center position—especially important if A.J. Hammons opts for the NBA after this season—but Haas is the most important piece of the puzzle. The big man is one of Purdue's top prospects, so this news is certainly encouraging for the Boilermakers.
Checking in on Chandler
Purdue received some bad news this past weekend when former Louisville center Zach Price signed with Missouri, picking it over the Boilermakers and others. Fortunately, Purdue has a Plan 1A, so to speak.
Michael Chandler, an Indianapolis native and transfer from Northwest Florida State, is the new commodity for the Boilermakers. He has an offer to join the program, a source confirmed, and is a realistic option for Purdue. He could take the court in 2014 and play a key role, especially if Hammons has moved on.
Chandler, who stands at 6-foot-10, would be a big addition for the Boilermakers. With Price off the board, Chandler is the prize.
Dillard adds Purdue offer
Davod Dillard didn't expect an offer from Purdue when he participated in last Thursday's team camp in West Lafayette. Surely enough, head coach Matt Painter had a surprise in store. The Gary (Ind.) Bowman Academy forward became a Boilermaker target.
"It was a great experience to be at that camp," said Dillard. "Just to go against all of the best players in your class and measure yourself against them was great. I think I showed people what I am capable of."
Dillard certainly showed Purdue what he's capable of doing. Now, the Boilermakers join the company of Northern Illinois and Valparaiso as offers out for Dillard. He has also received interest from DePaul, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan State and Tennessee.
Bartley on the Boilers' radar
When Marcus Bartley takes the court this July, there will be Purdue coaches watching. The Decatur, Illinois native, who plays his AAU ball with the Peoria Irish, is a potential Purdue target. An offer could come with a strong showing during this month's open-evaluation period.
Bartley is an intriguing prospect, a 6-foot-3 point guard whose passing abilities are the most notable part of his game. The Boilermaker coaches will be watching closely.