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4 Days to Purdue Basketball: Trey Kaufman-Renn

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The freshman was plucked right out of IU’s back yard. Thanks, Archie!

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It is always exciting to get a very talented, highly rated freshman. It is something else to steal him from the backyard of your rival.

Trey Kaufman-Renn

Sellersburg, IN (Silver Creek HS)

6’9”, 225 pounds

Forward

2021-22 Projection: Contributor

It is not every day that Purdue walks into the suburbs of Louisville and walks out with a top 50 national recruit. That is normally territory for Indiana and Louisville to battle, but I will give credit to coach Painter: he scored a major coup by walking into the back yards of both teams and picking up Trey. In the final recruiting rankings he was 41st according to Rivals and 43rd according to 247. He joins E’Twaun Moore, JaJuan Johnson, and Caleb Swanigan as the only top 50 recruits Painter has managed to land (classmate Caleb Furst finished 54thaccording to Rivals and 64th according to 247).

Like his classmate, he is a two-time state champion. Silver Creek won the 2019 and 2021 Class 3A state titles. He had a very good shot at a third had the remainder of the 2020 tournament not been cancelled, as they were 25-2 and ranked No. 1 heading into he regional. He finished as his school’s career scoring leader at 1,832 points, and likely would have cracked 2,000 if not for the tournament cancellation and a minor injury that cost him part of his senior season. Last year he averaged 24.5 points, 11.8 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.9 blocks per game.

His role this year will be interesting. Can he give Purdue minutes at the three as a physically dominant player there? Furst seems to have passed him ever so slightly because of his experience at the U-19 World Cup, but Kaufman-Renn was still good enough to be invited to the camp before missing the event due to a wrist injury.

The kid is a winner. His Silver Creek teams went 95-15 in his four years there. He even split a pair of head-to-head games with Furst. He has tremendous familiarity with Furst, which only helps Purdue in the long run. He will be a contributor for a long time, and we saw a little bit of it last night. He finished with 3 points, 2 rebounds, and an assist in 16 minutes, hitting his only three-point attempt.