Matt Painter and his staff reportedly landed their first commitment for the Class of 2014 (also known as high school-seniors-to-be) when 6-foot-4 Elida, Ohio, guard Dakota Mathias committed today.
Mathias is a 190-pound shooter who can shoot well from all over the court, while also creating his own shot off the dribble. He's recently displayed a great pull-up jumped, set shot and attack off the dribble, making him an impressive option on the wing.
More importantly, he fulfills T-Mill's "Don't leave the white guy open" rule.
"That's one of the things the coaches like to see," Mathias told the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette this weekend before committing.. "A lot of guys can catch and shoot, but when you can be versatile like that, it's tough to match up with."
"I'm a big priority to them. I talk to the coaches three, four times a week, they did a home visit, I've been there on unofficial visits."
His AAU team is competing in the Spiece Run-N-Slam in Fort Wayne. Mathias had games of 36 and 31 points this weekend. In the 36 point affair he hit 8-of-9 from 3-point range with current Boiler Raphael Davis and incoming recruit Bryson Scott watching from the stands.
Mathias picked Purdue over offers from Boston College and West Virginia, among others.
"I love the coaching staff," Mathias said in the Journal Gazette article. "I spend a lot of time with them, and I really enjoy them. And Purdue's a good time. The fan support, the fan base - I really like it."
With Mathias committed, Purdue will now turn its focus on some of its other top prospects for the 2014 class, including forward Trevon Bluiett and Vince Edwards along with point guard Tyler Ullis, whose popularity has exploded as of late.