The Top 150 rankings were updated today and Purdue has 3 members:
#91 - Jay Simpson - down 7 spots
#95 - Rapheal Davis - up 5 spots
#120 - Ronnie Johnson - newly added (and expected to rise)
What I really enjoyed was seeing that Yogi Ferrell saw himself drop from a 5 star recruit to a 4 star recruit. Couple this with both of IU's recruits (Davis and Hartman) falling out of the top 50 list for 2013, and IU's committments may not be as good as the Loosiers think. Willis was the star of the AAU Tournament came against two highly-touted Indiana recruits, Devin Davis and Collin Hartman.
"Derek had his first opportunity to shine on a national stage and he didn’t disappoint," Scout.com national analyst Brian Snow told Louisville Courier-Journal's Jody Demling. "He is highly skilled for a kid who is every bit of 6-9 and effortlessly knocks in NBA threes. Add in an impressive handle and solid athleticism, and it is easy to see why Purdue jumped on him very early."
Willis told Demling nothing has changed about his Purdue commitment and he has to keep working hard. After his big game, Willis got invited to the Nike Elite 100 camp that's being held in early June in St. Louis. It's for elite players across the country.
I can already hear the excuses from the Loosiers on why their team sucks...we know Clappy the Clown can't coach so, he MUST get great players to be effective.
Lastly, it was great to see 2 Boilers make the Top 50 list (Scott and Stephens) while Davis and Hartman fell out.