The first domino has fallen. Purdue finally has a commitment for its 2018 basketball class, and it is Trevion Williams from Detroit. He is listed as a 6’8” 220 power forward who is a 4-star and the No. 95 prospect nationally per Rivals. ESPN also lists him as a 4-star prospect. Here is his announcement:
Of course, the most favorable comparison many have made is that he is “Biggie lite” yes, he is drawing some comparisons to Caleb Swanigan, which is very high praise:
Williams is a 6-8, 250-pound center from Henry Ford Academy who plays for The Family on the summer circuit. I talked to Williams at the Bill Hensley memorial Run N Slam in Fort Wayne in May, where he seemed excited about Purdue and his chances of following in Caleb Swanigan's footsteps. Williams' game does not yet resemble Swanigan's all-around skill, but there is a physical resemblance from the same age.
Now, none of expects Williams to come in and instantly be a human double-double like Biggie was, but this is still a very nice pickup. Enjoy some video:
I like the inside out game and rebounding ability. That’s what you need from a 4 in today’s game: rebounding and the ability to shoot. Here is what Andrew Holmes, our BT Powerhouse representative, had to say about him:
Good rebounder, about 6'9" 250 right now, great passer for a big, does most of his damage around the bucket, but isn't the most athletic kid. You can see why he's basically considered a 4-year version of Biggie. Weight could be a concern, but our strength guys will get him in shape.
Finally, here is a look at the scholarship grid now:
Purdue Basketball Scholarship Grid
|Jacquil Taylor||RS Junior||RS Senior|
|Matt Haarms||RS Freshman||RS Soph.||RS Junior||RS Senior|