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Purdue Basketball Recruiting: Jaden Ivey Commits!

Purdue lands an important verbal commit from in-state 2020 combo guard Jaden Ivey

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Jaden Ivey, a 3*, 6’4, 180 pound combo guard from Mishawaka, Indiana (Marian High School) committed to Purdue today.

According to the 247 composite, Ivey is ranked as the 6th best player in Indiana, 215th best player in the nation, and 52nd ranked shooting guard. Ivey committed to Purdue over offers from Notre Dame and Butler.

Ivey grew up around basketball. His mother, Niele Ivey, was a standout player for Notre Dame and played in the WNBA for the Indiana Fever, Detroit Shock, and Phoenix Mercury. Niele Ivey is currently an assistant coach for the Notre Dame Women’s basketball team.

Ivey is a bit of a late bloomer who has blown up on the recruiting circuit in the last year. As a sophomore at Marian, he averaged a respectable 12 points a game. As a junior, his scoring shot up to 25 points a game, making him one of the more prolific scores in the state. Add in a solid AAU run with Indy Heat and Ivey has shot up recruiting rankings. I expect him to continue to rise as he fills out his lanky frame and fine tunes his game next season.

He has the prototypical Purdue “combo guard” look. He has the ability to attack off the dribble and get to the rim, but is also a threat from deep, hitting 64 out of 163 (39%) attempts last season. He’s more of a scoring guard than a passing guard, but in Purdue’s offense, that doesn’t particularly matter. Purdue is going to ask him to get buckets, and that’s what he does best.

On defense he has long arms (6’7 wingspan) and loves to get into the passing lanes, averaging a little under 2 steals per game. When he creates a turnover he attacks down the floor on the break. looking to turn defense into offense whenever possible. His defense is still a work in progress, but it’s easy to see his potential to become a lock down defender with his long arms and reported work ethic.


Note - Ivey is #13 in purple.

This is game film from Marian’s playoff loss to Culver Academy. It wasn’t one of Jaden’s best games, but you can see the talent. He takes some bad shots (and has some bad misses) but that’s the role he plays on Marian. For his team to win (they lost this game) he has to put the ball in the basket.