I think a lot of what I said was taken the wrong way because I did not proper articulate what I was trying to say. So here's my clarification.
Don't get me wrong I love the next two recruiting classes we have coming in, especially next year with RJ who I believe has superior court vision especially when attacking. Hammons, who yes is a big body 7-footer, definitely a piece that's been lacking. Davis brings another slashing guard accompanied with a nice mid-range game, and Simpson brings a nice low post game.
Anyways back to my point. The reason I brought up Perea yesterday is because Purdue has no "superior" athletes in the next two recruiting classes. Most are the prototypical hard-nosed guys that Purdue is known for. I really feel like this is the integral piece that they are missing from many different standpoints. Athleticism makes up for a lot of mistakes without question. I think those on this site too often discount the huge plus that athleticism can bring the team.
Here's where more hate will reign in....Barlow was our best defender because he was long and athletic, and combine those with a little bit of "want to" attitude and he was a pretty solid defender. I really don't see any great defenders in next year's class at least, haven't seen enough of 2013 class but lets not get ahead of ourselves. Hopefully the effort on defense by these guys will be improved because from what I've seen of the defense its been a tad underwhelming.
My overarching point is I would just like us to land some guys that are long and athletic whether it be wings, forwards, tweeners, centers, just whatever. Not only to be able to play more aggressively on defense, but also to have a weak side shot eraser like we got so used to seeing with JJ. Helping from the weak side and sending the shot out of bounds. And if you are naive and believe I'm wrong go look at the targets for 2014 almost all are long athletic guys. Yes I realize this contradicts my point, but until we land a Branden Dawson or Gary Harris, etc. etc. Harris-type guys are a tough pull, but raw athletes like Dawson are pieces I think are crucial to the program.