2020 incoming Purdue recruit Jaden Ivey is on the move for his final high school season. Instead of staying home at Mishawaka Marian for his final year of high school he will attend LaLumiere in nearby LaPorte and play his last season there.
Big blow to the Marian Knights as @IveyJaden announces he will play his final year of high school ball at LaPorte La Lumiere on his Instagram.— Adam Derengowski (@AdamDerWSBT) July 29, 2019
Ivey, a 4* recruit committed to Purdue, averaged 24 ppg for Marian last year en route to a Sectional Final appearance.
In recent seasons LaLumiere has become one of the top prep schools for basketball in the country, on par with Oak Hill Academy or DeMatha near Washington DC. The school itself is a small private boarding school with less than 200 students in northwest Indiana, but it is unaffiliated with the IHSAA. That allows it to play a national schedule and play in the GEICO National High School finals. Last season they were national runner-up to IMG Academy, but played such prestigious schools as Sunrise Christian Academy (Matt Haarms’ old school), Oak Hill, Bishop Gorman HS in Nevada, and more.
LaLumiere does play a handful of top in-state teams each year, as they are allowed to play IHSAA teams, but they don’t participate in the state tournament. They played Indianapolis Crispus Attucks, Brownsburg, Center Grove, Michigan City, Culver Academy, and Gary Roosevelt as IHSAA schools.
Ivey is not the first Purdue commit to go this route. Rapheal Davis and Jay Simpson did this a few years ago, and it is becoming more and more common for top prospects to play their final seasons at similar schools.