With the future of A.J. Hammons still uncertain, Purdue has evaluated several big men to solidify its frontcourt. It appears Matt Painter is set on his guy. Four-star center Isaac Haas has become one of the Boilermakers top targets.
Attempting to avoid puns, but Haas is the biggest priority. The 7-foot-2 center is a force underneath the hoop and could make an immediate impact at Purdue. Should Hammons leave to the NBA after this season—something which certainly could be an option—Haas would jump right into his role.
"Their big man conversation rate has been great," said Haas of Purdue. "Their percentage of throwing it in the post is better than anybody in the Big Ten. Coach Painter has been calling me a lot and keeping in touch. They have just been tearing up my phone."
There's some good news coming, as Haas is set to visit Purdue on August 23rd. The Boilermakers can boost their chances of landing the talented big.
McIntosh making the rounds
Another important visitor is coming to Purdue, as talented point guard prospect Bryant McIntosh will visit West Lafayette on Thursday. An offer will be coming for McIntosh when he steps on campus.
In early July, McIntosh dropped his commitment to Indiana State and opened up his recruitment. It was certainly a gamble worth taking. Now, the Greensburg, Indiana, native has plenty of high-major options on the table. It remains to be seen where the Boilermakers stand in this recruitment, but the visit could influence that.
If not McIntosh, then who?
Purdue has prioritized the point guard position for its next two classes. However, it's not a complete necessity for this 2014 class. McIntosh is the top target for this class, as is four-star prospect Tyler Ulis. However, the Boilermakers have a less-than-promising shot to land either of the two. So what happens after that?
Don't expect to see Purdue panic and offer a prospect from its next tier of point guards. With Ronnie Johnson in charge, the position is in good hands for the near future. Look for that point guard offer to carry over into the 2015 class, making Glynn Watson, Jalen Brunson and Jordan Ash the new targets.
Coleman, Dillard toward the top of the board
It's not too often that Matt Painter extends an early offer. So when he did so for rising juniors Davon Dillard and Jalen Coleman, it meant a lot. The two talented guards are toward the top of the Boilermakers' 2015 recruiting board.
There's a lot to like about the two. Both are in-state standouts who are already high on Purdue. Both have very versatile games and will only continue to improve. Painter was wise to jump in early on Dillard and Coleman. He can only hope it pays off down the road.