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January 15, 2013
SOUTHPORT -- Purdue's put a significant amount of time into the recruitment of Trevon Bluiett.
Whether it'll pay off in the long run remains to be seen in the case of the high-scoring junior wing from Indianapolis' Park Tudor, but Matt Painter and his staff have put in the time nonetheless, most recently with Painter attending Bluiett's game against Warren Central in the semifinals of the Marion County Tournament Friday night at Southport and associate head coach Jack Owens attended his game the very next night.
Previously, Bluiett visited West Lafayette for the Boilermakers' Big Ten-opening win over Illinois.
"Purdue's up at the top," Bluiett said of his recruitment. "Every school's that's recruited me is at the top. I haven't narrowed anything down. At this point, every school has a shot."
With every school being even per the highly recruited Class of 2014 prospect, Bluiett has much to choose from off a list that he will not trim any time soon, he said.
"I don't think I'll narrow it down," he said after scoring 30 in Park Tudor's decisive win over Warren Central at Southport. "I think I'll keep my options open, watch the season, see who's doing well and that kind of stuff."
The cast of schools lining up for Rivals.com's 46th-ranked player in the Class of 2014 is a long one.
Purdue, Notre Dame, Michigan, Indiana, Xavier, Florida, Illinois, Butler, Louisville and Cincinnati are among those who've offered scholarships and are being considered, Bluiett said.
"This is probably the first year I've ever really watched a lot of college basketball, seeing the types of offenses they run and stuff," he said. "That's the sort of stuff I'm looking at and it'll help me in the long run when I'm trying to make my decision."
Purdue made its case Jan. 2 when Bluiett was in Mackey Arena for the Illinois game, to see a game against two of the schools recruiting him heavily.
"After the game I went back to the locker rooms and sat with Coach Painter and talked to him about what they'd see me doing there and stuff," Bluiett said. "They would see me as a scoring guard, sitting along with Kendall (Stephens), one of us on each wing. They'd see me as kind of a 2 or 3 type."
Bluiett's made his name in large part due to his perimeter shooting, but the prolific scorer's offensive game is well rounded, highlighted by a knack for using his thick body to establish position, acquire angles and score.
"When I was little, I was kind of a chubby person, so I used to bang down there with the big people," Bluiett joked. "I guess I've always kind of known how to use my body in those situations and, thankfully, I've still got it."
Bluiett's averaging about 29 points per game this season.
"It's probably my best season of high school, but it's like any other season in that I couldn't care less about stats," Bluiett said. "I just want a championship. That's what I'm in it for. I'll determine how my season went after the state (finals)."