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Purdue Targets Thrive for Junior All-Stars

Ae'Rianna Harris also had a nice game for the girls Senior team.

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Last night was the first of the exhibitions between the Indiana All-Star team (made up of the top seniors from the state) against the Junior All-Stars (The class of 2017 with a "core six" playing in this game and in the second exhibition, as well as the "South six" playing in this one only). The seniors won both the boys and the girls games, and there was a Purdue interest in each.

Girls: Seniors 111, Juniors 79

Purdue has one signee on the senior team, and that is five-star forward Ae'Rianna Harris from Lawrence North. She is the No. 20 player nationally in the 2016 class and in most years would have been Miss basketball, but Lebanon's Kristen Spolyar and Princeton's Jackie Young wrapped up incredible careers. Young (headed to Notre Dame) broke the all-time scoring record held by Shanna Zolman and even passed Damon Bailey's boys record by finishing with 3,268 points. She would have gone even higher had her team not been upset in the sectional. Spolyar, who was tutored by Rick Mount himself, finished with 2,882 points, notching past Stephanie White in her final game to finish third behind Zolman and Young. Spolyar set the single season record this year with 1,031 points, breaking the old mark set by Young last year at 1,003 points.

Last night Harris played 15 minutes and was 4 for 6 from the field and 1 of 2 from the line for 9 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 blocks. Young, who won Miss Basketball, led the seniors with 26 points.

Boys: Seniors 118, Juniors 96

Since Purdue has no committed seniors from Indiana in the 2016 class, it was mostly looking at the juniors and the 2017 class. There are several targets there who played last night:

Kris Wilkes -€” The 5-star prospect from North Central was 9 of 17 from the field for 19 points and four rebounds. He ended up being the high scorer for the juniors. Wilkes is the No. 12 player nationally in 2017.

Jaren Jackson -€” Another four-star from Park Tudor, Jackson played 21 minutes just like Wilkes. He finished 4 of 8 from the field and was 1 of 4 from the line for 9 points and 5 rebounds. Jackson is No. 63 nationally according to Rivals, but is rising.

Malik Williams -€” The big man from Fort Wayne Snider is ranked No. 36 nationally and he played 17 minutes last night. He had a rough night too, going 2 for 8 from the field, but he did grab 6 rebounds and blocked 3 shots.

Paul Scruggs -€” In the most recent list from Scurggs he eliminated Purdue, but the No. 32 recruit nationally still technically has a Purdue offer. In 22 minutes he was 7 of 13 from the floor for 15 points, 8 rebounds, and 9 assists. Yes, he nearly effed around and got a triple double.

Sasha Stefanovich -€” Stefanovich does not have a Purdue offer as of now, but Purdue seems to be kicking the tires a bit on the 6'5" 3-star guard from Crown Point. He was an impressive 6 of 7 from the field (3 of 4 from 3) and finished with 15 points in 18 minutes.