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Dave Telep on Dakota Mathias

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I've been told not to copy-and-paste the whole piece, so I am only showing the relevant part, and I think the last sentence sums it up best (and the more I read the more I love this kid):

Mathias is vanilla in his approach to recruiting and was intent on ending it early. Why? Because from what I can tell, the only thing important to him is improving.

Some of us were fortunate enough to grow up with a basket in the backyard. Mathias, meanwhile, has a whole court at home and a whiteboard, according to one coach, where he writes down his own strengths and weaknesses, plus motivators for improvement. Who doesn't want to coach a kid like this?

This past weekend at Spiece, he put a moderately talented NW Ohio Stars travel team program on his back and took it to the semifinals before Team Thad ended the run. Throughout the weekend, Mathias competed -- and I mean to the point where he would tell the coach what to run and then go out and get it done.

Guys like this have a certain will to them. Purdue fans might get caught up in the fact that Mathias is not national ranked, but that doesn't do a player like this justice. You can't quantify his intangibles, commitment to competing and basketball IQ.

Personally, I'd toss this guy into the back of the top 100 and watch his development. Recruits like this are invaluable pieces. He's not going to be Purdue's best talent, but you watch: He'll be a starter in the program and a player who raises the competition level of the team. I can't tell you he's an electric prospect or a high-riser, but when the ball gets rolled out he'll be the first one to dive on it. There's no need to over-evaluate Mathias, just let him play.

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