2015 Purdue Basketball Recruiting: July Evaluation Period

Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

An update on some of the guys Purdue is targeting this summer.

Coach Painter is in the midst of the July evaluation period right now, traveling around the country looking at the 2015, 2016, and 2017 recruiting classes. As a review, here is the current scholarship situation:

Player

('14-'15)

('15-'16)

('16-'17)

('17-'18)

('18-'19)

Rapheal Davis

Junior

Senior




A.J. Hammons

Junior

Senior




Bryson Scott

Sophomore

Junior

Senior



Basil Smotherman

Sophomore

Junior

Senior



Kendall Stephens

Sophomore

Junior

Senior



Vince Edwards

Freshman

Sophomore

Junior

Senior


Dakota Mathias

Freshman

Sophomore

Junior

Senior


Isaac Haas

Freshman

Sophomore

Junior

Senior


Jacquil Taylor

Freshman

Sophomore

Junior

Senior


P.J. Thompson

Freshman

Sophomore

Junior

Senior


Ryan Cline


Freshman

Sophomore

Junior

Senior







Scholarships Used

10

11

9

6

1

Scholarships Left

3

2

4

7

12

Now, an update on who Painter is looking at:

Glynn Watson - Watson is playing this summer with the Illinois Wolves and is a top 100 player in the 2015 class. He is a 5'11" point guard and it is clear that the Boilers want a point guard, be it him or Hyron Edwards. Watson is rated 85th nationally by Rivals and 98th by ESPN. Coach Painter was in Riverside, Illinois watching a number of players this weekend and Watson is one of them. He has had a Purdue offer for years and also has offers from Creighton, Marquette, and Nebraska. Purdue probably has a pretty good shot of getting him.

Hyron Edwards - Edwards ranked 75th in the nation according to ESPN and has long been on Purdue's radar.  Illinois and Indiana are also after him and it appears as if he could be part of a package deal. He is from the same area as Davon Dillard, and rumor has it the two want to play together in college. He has been a little up and down on the AAU circuit, but is still impressing a lot of scouts. Personally, he has been my choice for the top point guard target in the 2015 class, but mostly because he is an in-state kid and we should never again lose a kid from the Region.

Davon Dillard - Another top 100 player, I saw Dillard in the Class 3A State Finals game and he has some promise. He comes off as more of a scorer that can either play the two or the three, but he still needs some seasoning. His jumper is far from consistent. But he can get to the rim well and score the basketball. If he does have a rapport with Edwards I can see where getting both would be beneficial.

Jalen Brunson - Brunson is the elusive 5-star recruit and is ranked 22nd in the nation. He is at the Lebron James skills camp this weekend:

When asked what he was hoping to showcase at the academy, Brunsaid talked about his ability to "be a leader on the court."

The young guard also said he hopes to improve his quickness and strength at the academy, and wants to become "a more consistent shooter."

Brunson said that he hopes to make his college decision before the start of his senior season in November, and he will continue to expand his game, and weight his options, until then.

Purdue still has a chance here, as we made his top 8 which is Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, Michigan State, Temple, Connecticut, and Villanova.

Ryan Cline - The final update is on Purdue's only commitment ths far, but he is having a great weekend in Chicago. In playing for Indiana Elite he had 30 today against DB Hoops and has put on quite a show:

Cline is going to be a great shooter and the fact we get two seasons with him, Kendall Stephens, and Dakota Mathias is exciting to think about all the threes we can rain down. With only two spots left I can see us focusing on A point guard, Dillard, and a possible post player with a third scholarship that would be open if A.J. Hammons turns pro early.I'd love to go after Caleb Swanigan now that he reclassified, but I think the ship sailed there.

Later on I'll try to dig up some info on 2016.

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