The Boilermakers already have a commitment from Dakota Mathias from the class of 2014 and are very interested in several others. Vince Edwards, Isaac Haas, J.P Macura, James Blackmon, Reid Travis, Trevon Bluiett, Marlon Jones, Alec Brennan, Shane Hall, Jackson Davis, Nick Czarnowski, Dmitri Thompson, Jontrell Walker and Bryant McIntosh are the other 2014 recruits that the Boilermakers have shown interest in.
Purdue, coming off their worst season since 2005-06 under Painter, returns 10 players from last year’s 16-18 squad. The Boilermakers also have five newcomers this year, two of which are seniors – Sterling Carter and Errick Peck. The other newcomers are four-star recruit Kendall Stephens and Bryson Scott and Basil Smotherman. Scott and Smotherman are three-star prospects according to ESPN Recruiting Nation.
Carter and Peck along with fellow seniors Travis Carroll and Terone Johnson will be gone after the season so that gives Purdue four scholarships available next year. If 7-0 sophomore center A.J. Hammonds bolts for the NBA, the Boilermakers would have a max five scholarships available unless someone else transfers or leaves the program.
For the 2014 season, Purdue will be looking to add depth in the frontcourt, perimeter shooting and scoring firepower overall. The Boilermakers currently have eight guards, six forwards and one center on the roster. Johnson led the team in scoring with 13.6 points a game last year.
Mathias (Elida, Ohio/Elida) committed to Purdue on May 5, 2013. The 6-5 shooting guard is a shooter who has the ability to score in bunches. He has outstanding range and can score off the dribble.
Blackmon is expected to end up at Kentucky while Gonzaga, Minnesota, Stanford, Michigan State are the front runners for Reid’s services.
Purdue has yet to offer a scholarship to Tillman, Davis, Hall, Czarnowski and Walker.