Schwartz getting looks from Purdue

Purdue is evaluating rising junior forward Cody Schwartz. Boiler Sports Report offers the latest in his recruitment.

MEQUON, Wis. -- A simple letter offers little indication of a school's recruiting intentions. Each provides a friendly note from the head coach and little details about the program.

Cody Schwartz had received several letters from Purdue, but the Boilermakers' interest had been minimal. During the month of July, that has begun to change. Purdue coaches have watched Schwartz's games, getting a look at the talented forward.

"It's a good feeling when coaches from the Big Ten conference, or any big conference, watch your games," Schwartz said. "It shows I've been playing well and the hard work is working for me."

Schwartz holds offers from Creighton, Northern Iowa and Toledo, but the interest continues to increase from the Big Ten. Purdue, Northwestern and Wisconsin are beginning to recruit the West De Pere (Wis.) High School standout.

Now that Purdue has begun to express interest in Schwartz, he's hoping things progress.

"Any Big Ten school is definitely of interest to me," Schwartz said. "I'd like to go take a visit there and see what Purdue has."

Schwartz is an athletic stretch-four prospect who has made a name for himself with the Wisconsin Blizzard AAU team. He drew college coaches from the Big Ten and several high-major schools for each of his games at the NY2LA Summer Jam event.

While Schwartz's primary goal this summer is to win games, he's aiming to improve his game and become a more versatile player.

"Hopefully I can get bigger and play the four position," Schwartz said. "But the three position—if I work on my ball-handling—I can see myself playing that, too."

Schwartz remains wide open with his recruitment. The rising junior is still working to find the right factors in each school.

"I'll just see what I fit into best," he said.

It appears Schwartz's recruitment is just beginning to heat up.

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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