This morning, ESPN updated their basketball recruiting rankings. Per usual, we do not have a 5 star or top 10 recruit, but as I have written before sometimes it is more about fit than stars.
Coach Painter does a great job on finding guys who fit that Purdue identity. I do believe he has found three more to fit right in at Purdue, with the chance of them to play right away. Here is the updated ESPN Ranking compared to other recruiting websites.
Eric Hunter - 4*, 80 Grade (ESPN), 3*, 139th Nationally (247), 4*, 117th Nationally (Rivals)
Hunter is an explosive combo guard that can just flat out score. We are going to love him in West Lafayette for the next four seasons. He is a guy that can come in and help with the scoring void we are going to have next season.
Trevion Williams - 4*, 80 Grade (ESPN), 3*, 155th Nationally (247), 4*, 120th Nationally (Rivals)
Trevion has literally been recruited as Little Biggie. His game resembles a lot of Biggie in high school as well. He is a glass eater too, in a game this year he had 36(!) rebounds. That is a ton, no matter what level you play at. Trevion will be an offensive post threat right away.
Emmanuel Dowuona - 4*, 83 Grade, Top 100 (ESPN), 3*, 190th Nationally (247), 3* (Rivals)
It is interesting to me that ESPN has Emmanuel in the top 100, but 247 has him 190th in the nation, it just shows the discrepancies in recruiting rankings that I personally hate. Emmanuel is the defensive player of this class. Between he and Haarms we will have 40 minutes of rim protection, something Coach Painter has never had before. He is just as agile as Haarms, but is more raw offensively, he will be a solid player for us.
It is interesting to me that Rivals has Hunter and Williams as both top 150 players and ranked as 4 stars, then Dow just as a raw 3* prospect. Regardless, these guys are part of a very important transition class for us. We are losing our beloved seniors in Dakota Mathias, P.J. Thompson, Vince Edwards and Isaac Haas. A group of guys that have led us to so many wins. This class is very good and will ease this transition. Boiler Up.