The 2019 class for college basketball are starting to pick their college destinations. So who exactly is Purdue after? 2019 will be a very important year for our Boilermakers - as Carsen will be going into his senior year, Haarms and Nojel will be going into their junior seasons.
AS of now, we have one commit for 2019, in Isaiah Thompson. Little brother of P.J. Thompson, but a totally different player.
So here it was we have going.
Jeremiah Francis - Point Guard, Committed to North Carolina
We were after Francis before every “Blue-Blood” in the nation. But of course, they came calling and he headed to Francis. At one point, it was reported that it looked like Purdue was a lock. But, that is gone now.
Coming to Purdue:
Isaiah Thompson - 6’1, Point Guard, Committed to Purdue
P.J.’s little brother is coming to West Lafayette. He is a straight scoring guard. He has lead Zionsville this year to an impressive 20-3 record and they are currently in sectional play. Isaiah is a great in state recruit for us.
Keion Brooks - 6’8”, Wing, 5*, #22 Nationally, Fort Wayne, Indiana
Jalen Wilson - 6’6”, Wing, 4*, #28 Nationally, Denton, Texas
Malik Hall - 6’7”, Wing, 4*, #54 Nationally, Wichita, Kansas (Sunrise Christian)
Obviously, you want Brooks from this group, but he is going to be a very hard get. To me, Malik Hall seems the most likely. He is attending the same Prep School that Matt Haarms was at and has been on campus a couple of times. His team was able to practice here this past winter. Hall is talented, and long. Coach Painter and Co. have been after him for quite some time.
Drew Timme - 6’9”, Forward, 4*, #108 Nationally, Richardson, TExas
Mason Gillis - 6’7”, Forward, 4*, #132 Nationally, New Castle, Indiana
Gillis is exploding on to the scene after a fantastic junior year. Gillis could play the 3 or the 4 for us, but is being recruited as a 4. He can stretch the floor similar to Vincent Edwards does for us now. I would love to have Gillis with being an in state recruit. Timme has been recruited since Coach Lutz got to campus. He is a talented 4, but is more of a back to the basket type guy, he doesn’t really stretch the floor that well.
Isaiah Stewart - 6’8”, Center, 5*, #25 Nationally, LaPorte, Indiana
Trayce Jackson-Davis - 6’8”, Center, 4*, #30 Nationally, Greenwood, Indiana
Francis Okoro - 6’9”, Center, 4*, #34 Nationally, Normal, Indiana
If I am a center, I am coming to Purdue. We run our offense through the center and have since the emergence of JaJuan Johnson many moons ago. Any of these three would be a huge get for Purdue. I
Armaan Franklin - Combo Guard, 6’4”, #89 Nationally, Indianapolis, Indiana
Armaan was just recently offered. He has had a huge junior campaign. I am unsure why it took us so long to offer, but a lot of big time programs are getting in the bidding war now. He would be another lovely in state get, he would primarily be a 2, but could play some 3. Similar to Dakota.
I used the 247 sports ratings for their rankings. Different recruiting sites may have them higher or lower. Overall, there is a ton of talent in the 2019 class. We have a great start with Isaiah Thompson, but we will need to build off it with 2 or 3 more recruits. Some may not even be listed as of now. CMP always seems to have those diamond in the rough recruits that turn out well for us.