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2015 Purdue Basketball Recruiting: Ryan Cline Commits

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Purdue gains an excellent shooting guard as its first 2015 commitment.

Purdue needs shooters in its motion offense, and this morning, Matt Painter got one. Ryan Cline, one of the favorites to win Mr. Basketball in the state of Indiana, became the first member of the 2015 recruiting class today:

I love this commitment because Ryan is a winner. His first two years at Carmel the Greyhounds won the Class 4A state championship. He only appeared in two games and scored four points as a freshman, but even making the JV roster in a huge school like Carmel is significant when you're a freshman. By the next season Cline was starting, and his numbers were solid. He averaged 9.1 points per game and shot 42% from three as Carmel won its second straight state championship.

This past year Carmel was in a good position to get three in a row, as it entered the tournament with a 19-1 record and No. 1 state ranking before they were upset by Hamilton Southeastern in the sectional final. In three years at Carmel Cline has amassed a 69-7 record, two state championships, and the Greyhounds have only lost three times since he became a starter. Two of those losses were to Hamilton Southeastern, who has some of the best talent in the state. The regular season loss to HSE in 2012-13 came when the Royals had Mr. Basketball Zak Irvin, who is now at Michigan.

It is not like Carmel has amassed a great record while playing a bunch of chumps, either. The sectional they play in is one of the toughest in the state with HSE, Noblesville, Zionsville, and North Central all quality teams. He has played against Eron Gordon, P.J. Thompson, Zak Irvin, Tayler Persons, Derrik Smits, Basil Smotherman, James Blackmon Jr., Jalen Coleman, and basically every other top player in the state the past few years. Many of them (Gordon, Thompson, Persons, Smits, Coleman) he has played multiple times.

This is a quality player Purdue is getting that has honed himself against the best the state has to offer. He also played for an incredibly well coached team. I have seen Carmel multiple times in the past three seasons when they have made their runs and what stands out is that they are one of the most disciplined, well coach high school teams I have ever seen. They don't beat you with overt athleticism and talent. They beat you because they shoot the ball well, they take smart shots, play ridiculously tough defense, don't turn the ball over, and they hit their free throws. They simply do not beat themselves and if they have a fourth quarter lead they strangle you to death with defense and by hitting free throws. My beloved Kokomo Wildkats were knocked out in the regional by Carmel during both of their state title runs and was 42-8 those two years Carmel won, but went 1-3 against them and lost both tournament games because of the defense-no turnovers-free throws method.

I have seen Kokomo and Carmel play each of the last two years (three games total) and I have seen Cline two other times (2013 state title game vs. Cathedral and this year vs. Zionsville in the sectional). Each time he has impressed me. Even against Zionsville he was held in check as the Eagles concentrated their defense on not letting him get open shots. While many other HS stars would force things, Cline didn't. He played smart and got his teammates involved.

That's not to say he can't score. Cline is a ridiculously accurate three-point shooter. He was 3 of 4 from long range and had 11 points in the 2013 state title game. There are a handful of stats on the Carmel MaxPreps page, but he was 24 of 47 from long range in the eight games they have tracked. He also averaged three assists per game in that stretch.

Cline heads into his senior season as one of the top players in the state and one of the favorites to win Mr. Basketball. He can shoot the basketball and plays incredibly smart. He'll be just fine.

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