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Purdue Basketball Recruiting: 4* Texas PG LJ Cryer Hosts Purdue Coaching Staff For a Home Visit.

Matt Painter is deep in the heart of Texas meeting with a high scoring combo guard.

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The Purdue coaching staff was in Katy, Texas today meeting with 2020 point guard LJ Cryer and his family. Cryer is a 6’0, 4* (97) player ranked 66th nationally by the 247 composite.

Who Is LJ Cryer?

Cryer is an elite scoring point guard.

As a freshman at Morton Ranch High school he averaged 24 points per game, as a sophomore he put up 25.5 and as a junior averaged 27.5.

His passing has improved steadily throughout his high school career, from averaging 1 assist per game as a freshman to 5.8 as a junior.

The above videos show a little of what Cryer is all about.

He’s deadly in transition and uses his impressive leaping ability to hang in the air and finish through contact. He also has a solid 3 point stroke and isn’t afraid to pull the trigger when given an inch of space.

As a junior at Morton Ranch he was 196/300 (65%) from inside the arc and 73/196 (37%) outside the arc. He also hit 129 of 161 (80%) free throws.

While his defense is still a work in progress, he is active in the passing lanes, averaging 1.6 steals a game.

What Are Purdue’s Chances?

Painter and company wouldn’t head down to the Lone Star state if they didn’t think they had a legit shot of landing Cryer.

According to 247 sports, he holds 19 offers. LSU, Purdue and Baylor are considered the front runners for his commitment.

If you’re into the “crystal ball” thing, LSU started out strong with 2 predictions, but Purdue has tied the crystal ball race with two subsequent prediction. The....ahem...uncertainty surrounding the LSU and Will Wade may bolster Purdue’s chances.

Cryer also just watched a similar sized combo guard with a similar penchant for scoring the basketball, who just happens to be from Texas, light up the NCAA tournament.

That probably doesn’t hurt either.

Is the 2020 class finally the time when Purdue cashes in on momentum and lands a monster class?

Let’s hope so.

Securing the commitment of LJ Cryer would certainly go a long way in making that dream a reality.