Reports have come out that Rick Brunson, Jalen Brunson's father, will be hired as an assistant coach at Temple within the week. Rick played at Temple for 4 years scoring 1,493 points, 481 rebounds, 470 assists, and 253 steals in that time and then spent 9 years in the NBA. Jalen was a long shot for Purdue to begin with but this changes the game. My guess would be that Jalen follows. Rick was working with the Charlotte Bobcats in 2012-2013 so im not sure if this is for sure that Jalen follows his dad since Jalen stayed in Illinois while his dad was with Charlotte, but it makes Purdue's chances at landing Jalen even slimmer.
Including Jalen there are 12 legitimate scholarship offers Purdue has floating around for 2015. We have not watched or contacted (to my knowledge) Paul Turner or Matt Milon in over a year so i dont know how serious we are about them, possibly cross them off the list of 12 offers. 6 of our remaining 10 offers are very high major kids that i dont think Purdue is much of a player for. Montaque Gill-Caesar, Jalen Coleman, Jalen Brunson, Henry Ellenson, Tyler Davis, and Caleb Swanigan seem to have their eyes set on greener pastures and have not given Purdue much attention. That leaves 4 offers that Purdue may have a shot at.
1. Glynn Watson: I know Purdue has been after Watson hard for a very long time. I know that Watson has said it is basically down to Purdue, Nebraska, and Creighton at this point. I believe Watson(apart from Brunson) is Purdue's most wanted PG option. He is controlled, smart, patient, quick, and accurate when it comes to what he does with the ball. Really nice defender as well. Would be the best fit for Purdue of the 4 remaining options. Watson is a closed book and does not reveal anything about where he is leaning between those 3 options. He has been invited to many prestigious summer camps like the USA 18U team tryouts, where he was cut, and the SC Top 20 Camp. Watson is not much of a scorer but is quick and really good at breaking defenses down for a high % shot or a good pass to a teammate. His shooting will need some work but Purdue has never really been a high scoring PG team.
2. Levan "Shawn" Alston Jr.: Alston is Purdue's newest offer. He has the ability to play PG and play it pretty well but IMO he would play SG while at Purdue. Alston fits exactly to what Painter uses his SGs for. He is a great decision maker, great passer, really good shooter, can drive and convert at the FT line and is an amazing defender. He is not too athletic, pretty skinny, and is kind of a late bloomer. His recruitment just started to pick up back in April. If Watson is the best fit for Purdue, then Alston is the second best fit. We are very new to recruiting him so we will see how far this goes.
3. Hyron Edwards: Edwards might be Purdue's longest recruitment in the 2015 class. We have been on him for a very long time. Edwards has 3 offers at this point in IU, Illinois and Purdue. In a recent interview Edwards said that IU was out of his recruitment and i dont know if Illinois is still contacting him. Recently Cal, UNLV, and Creighton have started picking up recruitment for Edwards but have not offered to this point, or if they have, they are keeping it a secret for some reason. Edwards is a great talent but is a little too fast for his own good. He isnt the best decision maker and is hot and cold from game to game. He can take over one game and have 20 pts and 6 asst, and then disappear the next game and have 0 pts and more TOs than assts. He plays more like a scoring PG than a passing PG most of the time. The most interesting thing about Edwards is that he has stated that he will be a package deal with friend and other Purdue target Davon Dillard. Both players have said they want to make a late July decision.
4. Davon Dillard: Dillard turned a lot of heads at the Indiana 2012-2013 2A State Championship game where his Bowman team won the 2A title. Dillard is the best athlete Purdue has had a shot at in a long time. Just stupid athletic and a really strong defender. Dillard has unbelievable upside and potential. He has made huge strides in his game this past year and summer adding a decent 3 shot and better ball handling. Like his buddy Hyron, he is not the best decision maker. There are times where he is just in attack mode and makes some poor plays that end up in dumb shots or TOs. Dillard has offers from Purdue, Creighton, Iowa, and Northern Illinois. Just like with Edwards, Cal is recruiting him as well but has not offered. That makes the only common offer between the two of them Purdue. In a recent interview Edwards said that they pretty much know where they are going to commit but just want to take it slow so they make the best choice for them. From what i hear, Purdue is the one who will have to make the decision here. Could go either way with this package deal.
All of the players Purdue is after for 2015 are really good players and will help Purdue greatly, some more than others. Getting 2 of any of the 12 would be a great success for the Boilers. All Purdue has to do now is decide on who they want the most and who will be the best fit in the short and long term.