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When Discussing Recruits...

It seems like there's a lot of negativity coming from the Basil Smotherman highlight video that was recently posted. There have been a lot of people completely writing off a 16 year old kid, while others have shown some support. I think at the end of the day, we should all step back, take a deep breath, and realize that none of us really know that's going to happen with any player...whether they've already signed or are just verbals.

Take a look at the famous 2007 class:

http://rivals.yahoo.com/basketballrecruiting/basketball/recruiting/player-Robbie-Hummel-40075

For Rob, I distinctly remember Terry Hutchins of the IndyStar saying that Robbie would be nothing more than a role player at Purdue.

http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/basketball/recruiting/player-E%27Twaun-Moore-29620

He was a very highly touted player and a high 4 star...but you could argue that he underachieved at Purdue a bit given his rating. Yes, he had some spectacular moments (see OSU at home last year) but also had games where he barely scored...and I remember people on H&R diving into heavy criticism of him in those games.

http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/basketball/recruiting/player-JaJuan-Johnson-40036

He was a top 50 prospect, but had numbers as a freshman that made our fanbase skeptical...or course, we all saw the beast he developed into.

http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/basketball/recruiting/player-Scott-Martin-47781

When he transferred from Purdue, some people thought it would be a huge loss and Purdue would really suffer. Given how horrible he looks at Notre Dame...it's hard to say what might have happened.

My point is simple...when we're looking at future prospects that might or might not be Boilermakers, let's make sure we do a few things:

1. Before calling how a player might do in college, take the time to watch them at least once in person...or maybe look on YouTube for full game highlights.... rather than a few random highlight clips.

2. Check how they look at the end of their high school career.

3. Make sure they are given a chance in Matt Painter's system before we judge. We've seen CMP develop players into great ones before...who's to say he can't do it again with these next two classes? And why not Smotherman?

Also, if they don't go to Purdue...it isn't the end of the world. It's pretty exciting what kind of depth Painter will have in a few years. Stay with the program, Boilers. BTFU

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