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2016 Purdue Basketball Recruiting: Kostas Antetokounmpo Update

A look at the scholarship situations of Purdue's competition for Antetokuonmpo.

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Once again, to clarify, what follows is mere speculation on our parts, but I feel like I need to do that with almost anything else nowadays. After Kostas Antetokounmpo visited this past weekend things have been virtually silent in terms of his commitment. The regular period for signing for Division I ends next Wednesday, so hopefully we will know something concrete in the next few days. In terms of speculation, however, we might know something more.

Men's basketball has a 13 scholarship limit and Purdue is well under it at 10 for 2016-17 assuming both Vince Edwards and Caleb Swanigan return. There is plenty of room, but not at Florida and St. John's. first, let's look at Florida. With Canyon Barry coming on as a graduate transfer and Jalen Hudson joining as a regular transfer from Virginia Tech it looks like the Gators are full. In fact, they don't even list Antetokounmpo as a prospect.

Next, let's look at St. John's. The Red Storm also appears to have a full roster. They have no listed scholarship seniors, but four juniors, seven sophomores, and two freshmen that have signed LOIs.

According to Rivals he also holds offers from Boston College, Iowa State, Marquette, and Memphis. According to Verbal Commits Marquette is also already full at 13 scholarships with three signed LOIs for 2016. That leaves Boston College, Memphis, and Iowa State as the primary competition. Of those, Memphis has the most flexibility with only seven scholarship players going into next seasons as of right now. Boston College and Iowa State each have 12 scholarships locked in for 2016-17, so Antetokuonmpo would fill their respective rosters.

If I had to guess I would say it is between Purdue, Memphis, and Iowa State. Boston College is coming off of an absolutely terrible seasons where they went winless in ACC play and they are a far cry from competing. Their small forward position is also crowded with three guys on campus and a fourth already committed.

As for Memphis, they have three small forwards on the roster, including a JuCo transfer coming in for this coming season. Iowa State has the fewest amount of players in front of him at small forward and they did reach the Sweet 16 this past season.

So we will wait and see. I leave you with a Hoop Summit interview he did that was posted three days ago: