The AAU summer circuit is here, bringing out college coaches from across the country looking to find their next prospects. For Purdue, this time is more important than ever for a program looking to rise back up.
Much of the Midwest's best talent was in Indianapolis for the Adidas Invitational tournament held right in the Boilermakers' backyard. Purdue coaches were scattered throughout the Circle City from the opening night on Wednesday to the championship rounds on Sunday. Boiler Sports Report offers the details from a busy few days.
Mathias will be a perfect fit
What is there to like about Dakota Mathias, the Boilermakers' only verbal pledge? There is plenty to enjoy. To start, he's a complete player on offense. Mathias is excellent in transition, a strong passer, solid spot-up shooter who's consistent from beyond the arc, and he has the ability to attack the basket.
You have to see Mathias in action to appreciate him. The offense flows through him with smooth passing and smart decisions. Mathias will never be a dominating player but he'll be an essential piece to Purdue's offense.
McIntosh is one to watch
Bryant McIntosh called it an "emotional day" when he decided to drop his Indiana State verbal commitment and open up his recruitment. He gambled feeling that he could become a high-major prospect. Surely enough, that has paid off.
McIntosh was one of the top performers in Indianapolis, and he left the tournament with several offers in hand—Auburn, Florida State, Northwestern and more. McIntosh may be on the brink of a Purdue offer, after head coach Matt Painter watched him in action several times.
On offense, McIntosh is a complete player. He can play the point or two-guard position comfortably and would be a decent fit. McIntosh is a rising name in the recruiting world and the offers are likely to keep coming. Purdue could be next to join the mix.
Macura making it happen
For a while, it seemed four-star guard J.P. Macura was a lock to become a Butler Bulldog. Now, the Minnesota native is considering all options after the departure of Brad Stevens to the Boston Celtics. New coach Brandon Miller was a key part of Macura's recruitment and the Bulldogs will still be a strong option, but Stevens was one of the greatest draws to the Butler program.
Purdue is one of the schools showing strong interest in Macura, and an offer could be coming soon. Painter watched many of his games and saw the guard at his best, scoring all over the court.
Owens working well with Coleman
Four-star guard Jalen Coleman has a handful of offers, but he's not done yet. More schools will certainly join the mix after another strong weekend of action, which included a fadeaway buzzer-beater on Saturday night.
Purdue associate head coach Jack Owens has been leading the Boilermakers' recruitment of Coleman and has built a strong relationship with his family. The biggest selling point offered has been Purdue's academic prestige.
"I love the fact that they're a good academic school," Coleman said of Purdue. "It's not just basketball right now, it's thinking after basketball. I want to go to a good academic school and a good basketball school."
Coleman's name will keep getting bigger, but Owens has Purdue in a sweet spot for the Indianapolis product.
Mercer on the rise
Mercer has bulked up in the offseason, adding 20 pounds to his 6-foot-9 frame. He's a more complete player on defense, adding to his already impressive offensive skillset. Purdue has been watching the local product closely and may be close to extending an offer his way.