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PURDUE MENS BASKETBALL RECRUITING:
2000 Recruiting News Archive - July to December




Date: 12/31/2000
Author: Bob_Richards
Bob_Richards

DECEMBER 2000 - JULY 2000 | JUNE 2000 - JANUARY 2000

> DECEMBER 31, 2000

  • Smoky Hill began the season with high hopes to improve upon an early exit from last year's state tournament. But the beginning of the 2000-2001 season has shown the inability of Smoky Hill to win the close ones. Smoky Hill (1-3) entered the year ranked No. 3 in Colorado Class 5A, but has lost games by three, five and six points. Going to the Las Vegas with questions about the team is nothing new to Smoky Hill. Last year they went to Vegas with a 1-1 record, then ran the table in the Bronze Division, also landing Matt Carroll a tournament MVP honor. This year's trip to the Las Vegas Prep Invitational continued the frustration from that three point loss to Palmer in the season opener. Smoky Hill played Clear Lake in the first round of the tournament, losing 62-57. Carroll led Smoky Hill with 23 points and nine boards, adding a three pointer, a block and a steal. Smoky Hill turned it around the next evening against Parkview Baptist, winning comfortably 61-47. Jeremy Dougherty led Smoky Hill with 12 points, followed by Carroll with 10 points and four rebounds. In the consolation semifinal game with Wilson (SC), Smoky Hill finished the tournament with a 59-53 loss. Part of the problem was horrid shooting in the second half (5 for 29) and the lack of any perimeter scoring throughout the game (1 of 17). Carroll had 18 points, seven rebounds, a block and an assist. On the season through four games, Carroll is averaging 15.8 points and 6.3 rebounds while shooting 50-percent from the field, 62.5-percent from the free throw line and 45.5-percent from the perimeter.

  • The Hillcrest Tournament turned out to be a tough one for Stagg. Stagg lost to Sandburg on Thursday, sending them up against Homewood-Flossmoor (6-8) for fifth-place in the tournament. Even with Heikes scoring 20 points, Stagg (10-4) lost to HF 38-32.

    > DECEMBER 30, 2000

  • Brandon McKnight scores 40 in loss. In the third place game of the Mishawaka Holiday Basketball Tournament, the home team knocked off South Bend LaSalle 82-76. Brandon McKnight finished with a game-high 40 points and eight rebounds, scoring 19 points in the final quarter of play. McKnight was perfect from the line and hit five shots from the perimeter.

  • It's been a while now since we have checked in with Brandon Jones and Peru. Last Friday, Peru started conference play with a 66-55 win over Eastern. Jones finished the game with 14 points. Peru is currently 3-3 (1-0 in the MIC) on the season.

    > DECEMBER 29, 2000

  • A nice background article on Evansville Mater Dei's Matt Kiefer, who has Purdue as a top consideration. The 6'9 forward also sports a 3.975 GPA. Purdue, Notre Dame, Iowa, Wisconsin, Xavier and Iowa State are showing interest. Kiefer's versatility, and especially his better than average ballhandling for a 6'9 player comes from playing a lot of guard before hitting his growth spurt. I'm told his older brother John is a freshman engineering student at Purdue, and his father is a Purdue graduate. That, with his wish to stay close to home may fair well in the Boilers' favor. The article also debunks a rumor that he may have already given an early verbal commitment to Purdue.

       MORE: Kiefer has basketball recruiters hot on trail [Evansville Courier]

  • A new scouting report is up for Chris Hunter on Midwest Hoops.

       MORE: Chris Hunter update [Midwest Hoops]

    > DECEMBER 28, 2000

  • A couple of new rankings to discuss for the three Purdue signees. Matt Carroll has been rated as a top 100 player by at least two scouts. Tracy Pierson from Pac-West Hoops has Carroll at No. 55 among seniors, while Vince Baldwin of Midwest Hoops has Carroll at No. 94.

  • On the topic of rankings, Purdue's most recent recruiting class of Matt Carroll, Darmetreis Kilgore and Brandon McKnight has been rated the 35th best class in the country according to Hoop Scoop. Clark Francis has the junior college sophomore Darmetreis Kilgore as a top 40 player, McKnight at No. 99, and Carroll in the top 200 to 300 range.

    A new ranking of the Big Ten recruiting classes has Purdue with the conference's 6th best class. CNNSI has Kilgore as the 4th best incoming player.

       MORE: Big Ten good, not great [CNNSI]

  • Emily Heikes scored more points than the entire Bremen team in the opening game of the Hillcrest Tournament. Heikes had 18 points as Stagg (10-2) rolled over Bremen 44-14.

    > DECEMBER 27, 2000

  • Former Purdue head coach Linn Dunn talks to Steve Valiant about her early years at Purdue, motivating elite players, recruiting and her duties now as the head coach/General Manager of the Seattle Storm.

       MORE: An interview with Linn Dunn [MrHoops - Steve Valiant]

  • Former Purdue head coach Linn Dunn talks to Steve Valiant about her early years at Purdue, motivating elite players, recruiting and her duties now as the head coach/General Manager of the Seattle Storm.

       MORE: An interview with Linn Dunn [MrHoops - Steve Valiant]

  • Brandon McKnight has slipped to the No. 6 scorer in the state through seven games. He is averaging 28.4 points per contest. Chris Thomas falls to No. 8.

    > DECEMBER 26, 2000

  • Stagg HS (9-2) dropped their second game of the season last Thursday to Hillcrest (9-1). Emily Heikes led Stagg with 17 points and 16 rebounds in the 56-54 overtime loss. Heikes had the opportunity to win the game at the end of regulation, but missed the second of two free throws to send the game into overtime knotted at 49. A potential rematch looms on the near horizon as Stagg is the No.4 seed in the Hillcrest Tournament that begins on Wednesday. Hillcrest is the No.1 seed in their own tournament. Stagg plays Bremen at 7:30pm on Wednesday, December 27th.

    > DECEMBER 22, 2000

  • If Purdue chooses to recruit a point guard from the 2002 class, there are a couple of new players to keep an eye on. From Winton Woods (OH), 6-foot-1 point guard Robert Hite has been rated as the 45th best junior in the nation. Hite averaged 15 points as a sophomore, playing mostly as a swingman. Hite has already been offered by Xavier, Ohio State and Cincinnati, but is also mentioning Kentucky, Wright State, North Carolina, Purdue and Dayton. Purdue was seen scouting Hite in late November. Up north in Milwaukee is an even higher rated prospect. Milwaukee Vincent's 6-foot-1 point guard Greg Brown, rated 19th by Phenoms, is a scoring point guard. An excellent ballhandler and improving shooter. Brown is averaging 14.5 points and shoots 75-percent from the free throw line. Among the schools mentioned by Brown ... Purdue, Cincinnati, Michigan, Michigan State, Marquette, Iowa and Wisconsin.

  • This will be the final update until December 27th due to the Christmas holiday. I hope everyone has a happy and safe holiday season!

    > DECEMBER 18, 2000

  • An article in the Sun-Times is mentioning interest from Purdue in 6-foot-9 James Augustine from Lincoln-Way (IL). The 215-pound junior center is averaging 8.7 points and seven rebounds. Purdue, Iowa, Marquette and Miami of Ohio are showing interest. Augustine got a favorable review last month when he held 6-foot-11 Eddie Curry to 13 points through three quarters before the fatigue of denying a 310-pound all-american settled in. Augustine has a better than average perimeter shot for a big man and also is a quarterback for the football team. Speaking of football, Augustine is the backup to Lincoln-Way's Corey Paus, who will play for Purdue's Rose Bowl opponent next year. Lincoln-Way senior teammate Kevin Menard, who signed with Marquette, listed Purdue as a final consideration before choosing Marquette. So we know someone on Keady's staff is working Lincoln-Way fairly hard.

       MORE: Mokena Connection [Sun-Times]

  • Back in July we heard Purdue was looking at Bellmont junior guard Seth Colclasure as a shooter, and a recent article on Colclasure mentions Purdue's continued involvement. Last summer, Homer Drew had already placed a scholarship offer on the table. Colclasure would fit that role of shooter, and his continued improvement could get him a larger role. Now a player who can get himself open for the shot, Colclasure is attracting attention from all over. Interested schools include Purdue, Valparaiso, Illinois, Notre Dame, Butler, Southern Illinois, Vanderbilt, Ball State, Indiana State, Kentucky and Central Florida. His numbers are impressive. This season he is averaging 24.3 points on 66-percent shooting from the field and a perfect 16-of-16 from the charity stripe. He has a career free throw percentage of 93-percent. He is also averaging 5.2 steals per game, and has a career assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.1-to-1. He also carries a 3.97 grade point average on a 4.0 scale. A source from Bellmont says he has not seen any Purdue coaches at any of Bellmont's games, but Keady scouted Colclasure when they played Huntington North. He also believes Seth's father is a Purdue grad. Colclasure was a target of former Indiana assistant Pat Knight, and the Indiana summer touring team made frequent stops by Bellmont. Click the article below for an outstanding look at Seth Colclasure.

       MORE: Braves junior star a real perfectionist [Decatur Daily Democrat]

  • Former Purdue All-Big Ten player Everette Stephens' name came up in an article on a promising sophomore player from Illinois. Mike Rudoy is a 6-foot-6 sophomore small forward already getting some Division I attention. No schools mentioned except Duke in a blurb about Mike Krzyzewski giving the kid "advice". Uh huh. Anyway, the kid's father is a long time sports agent. One of his father's clients is Elgin Academy's new head coach Everette Stephens. Stephens now knows the kid fairly well, since Rudoy put up a season high 28 points against Stephens' team two weeks ago. A player to keep an eye on.

       MORE: Rudoy's making name for himself [Sun-Times]

    > DECEMBER 17, 2000

  • 6-foot-9 Matt Kiefer had game highs of 18 points and 10 rebounds as Mater Dei cruised past North Posey, 71-46 on Friday.

       MORE: Defense is top priority as Mater Dei romps [Evansville Courier]

    > DECEMBER 16, 2000

  • I have the game summary up for the Lafayette Central Catholic varsity game against Indianapolis Cathedral, including some notes on the Purdue targets and other contributing players. In his debut in front of a ton of Purdue fans in attendance, freshman recruit Robert Vaden made a very favorable impression.

       MORE: Game summary: Central Catholic 97 - Cathedral 91 (OT) [MrHoops]

    > DECEMBER 15, 2000

  • Former walk-on Boilermaker guard Tim Ervin in being praised in an article in the Chicago Tribune. He is now the head coach of Providence-St. Mel and hopes to make St. Mel a power in the boys basketball tournament. Prospect Stanley Gaines, a 6-foot-7 forward is also mentioned in the article.

       MORE: Seeking Providence [Chicago Tribune]

  • Purdue fans will get an opportunity to see a handful of potential future Boilermakers all in one game tonight, as Indianapolis Cathedral travels to Lafayette Central Catholic. For most fans, it will be an early opportunity to see Robert Vaden and Desmond Gadis, the two freshman players who recently pledged to the Boilermakers. Gadis and the Cathedral junior varsity are scheduled to tip-off at 6:30pm, followed by Robert Vaden and the varsity squad around 8:00pm.

  • Official stats released by the IHSAA this week (games through December 9th), has Brandon McKnight as the state's No.4 scorer with an average of 28.7 points per game. Brandon's 41 point outburst against Elkhart Central on December 8th currently ranks as the second-highest scoring output in the state this season.

    > DECEMBER 14, 2000

  • Colorado Class 5A Palmer, a state championship team a year ago but off to a 2-2 start this season, spoiled Smoky Hill's debut on Tuesday. Palmer's "little midgets" used a matchup zone to counter Smoky Hill's inside size, holding on for the 64-61 win. Matt Carroll finished with 12 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the field. Carroll led Smoky Hill in rebounding with seven, and also added a block and an assist.

       MORE: Tiny Terrors too much in Buffaloes' debut [Denver Post]

    > DECEMBER 11, 2000

  • Emily Heikes scored 14 points and grabbed seven rebounds in a 46-22 Stagg victory over Lockwood.

  • One thing is for certain this year, the war of words among fans as to who is the best senior point guard in the state of Indiana will be furious if Purdue-bound Brandon McKnight and Notre Dame-bound Chris Thomas continue their individual assaults on scoreboards. While Thomas scored 35 points in Pike's only game this weekend, an 82-53 win over Providence St. Mel (IL), McKnight averaged 34 points over two games this weekend. On Friday, McKnight exploded for 41 points in a loss to Elkhart Central, hitting five three-pointers. On Saturday, McKnight added another 27 points and 11 rebounds after being the focus of the LaPorte defense. LaPorte's Nick Otis on McKnight from the South Bend Tribune...This is two nights in a row I've seen him and (Friday) night he was just incredible. Tonight, even with all the double teaming, we still couldn't stop him."

       MORE: Otis sparks Slicers past LaSalle [South Bend Tribune]

  • Central Catholic was led by a senior and two juniors in a 64-57 home victory against 3A Roncalli. Eric Anthrop led CC with 18 points, folled by the 17 points and 12 rebounds of Tyler Best, and the 12 points and six rebounds of Russell Trudeau. Central Catholic extends their record to 4-0.

       MORE: CC turns up intensity [Journal and Courier]

  • Merrillville's Justin Johnson (6'7, 2002, Merrillville HS) helped the Pirates avenge a 33-point loss last week in the Region Roundball Rumble, with a 58-41 beating on rival Andrean. Johnson finished with 10 points and 7 rebounds. Johnson, who can be streaky at times, is getting looks from high Division I schools such as Purdue, Cincinnati, Xavier and others.

       MORE: Time off does Merrillville good [NW Times]

    > DECEMBER 10, 2000

  • After a 26 point outburst in the season opener against Mt. Vernon last week, Matt Kiefer (6'8, 2002, Evansville Mater Dei) followed up with a more humble nine points and eight boards in a 59-58 victory over Evansville Reitz. Kiefer also pulled down the game's final rebound, was fouled, and hit the winning freethrow.

       MORE: Late free throw rescues Mater Dei [Evansville Courier]

    > DECEMBER 9, 2000

  • Gary West Side (5-1) defeated Brett Buscher's alma mater on Thursday behind the 15 points and four blocked shots of Chris Hunter and 13 points from Brandon Cameron.

       MORE: West Side overcomes Trojans' early lead [Gary Tribune]

    > DECEMBER 8, 2000

  • An excellent story on the basketball career of Matt Carroll is over on the Denver Post site.

       MORE: Purdue-bound Carroll just learning the game [Denver Post]

    > DECEMBER 7, 2000

  • Stagg (7-1) dropped their first game of the season on Wednesday in a 48-41 loss to Mother McAuley (4-0). Emily Heikes finished with six points and 15 rebounds (official rebounding stats contrary to the 13 listed in article below). While Heikes controlled the boards against her biggest opposition of the season, she got into early foul trouble and was limited to only 1 of 11 from the floor.

       MORE: Stagg 41 - McAuley 48 [Chicago Tribune]

    > DECEMBER 4, 2000

  • The 2000-2001 season schedule is now up for Emily Heikes and Stagg HS.

       MORE: Player Profile - Emily Heikes [MrHoops]

  • Purdue is expected to pay a visit to Homewood Christian Academy (IL) on Tuesday to check out 6'8 junior Ricky Cornett. At 220-pounds, Cornett is seen as a can't miss Division I prospect. Cornett visited Michigan State unofficially this past weekend, and has offers already on the table from Purdue, Illinois, Iowa, Duke, North Carolina and others.

       MORE: Homewood's hidden hero [Chicago Sun Times]

    > DECEMBER 3, 2000

  • Stagg girls basketball coach Sharon Ostema had the uncomfortable job of coaching Stagg over rival No. 18 Sandburg on Friday -- uncomfortable because just ten years ago Ostema was playing for Sandburg and the coach she would now coach against. Ostema was comforted by a 39-33 Stagg victory that advanced her team to 7-0 on the season. Stagg was led by frshman Heather King with 11 point, with Emily Heikes adding seven points and eight rebounds.

  • South Bend LaSalle starts the season 2-0 with a Friday night win over Fort Wayne South, 79-68. Purdue signee Brandon McKnight led the LaSalle Lions with 22 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists.

       MORE: Team effort carries LaSalle by FW South [SB Tribune]

  • Region Roundball Rumble Updates:
    In game one, Tyler Best was named the MVP with an outstanding performance in a 81-62 win over Bishop Noll. Best scored 11 points, adding 17 rebounds and six assists. However, Best went 0 for 5 from the line, while teammate Russell Trudeau was 6 of 7. Trudeau led Central Catholic with 21 points, and Kristof Kendrick added 19. In one of the more interesting comments of the tournament, Kristof Kendrick stated he wanted to be recruited by Indiana University.

       MORE: Lafayette Central Catholic rolls [Indy Star]

    Merrillville got trounced by Indianapolis Warren Central in game three by 33 points. Player to watch Justin Johnson of Merrillville had 10 points, six rebounds and was perfect from the line in the losing effort.

    Game four saw Gary Westside defeat Bullitt Central (KY) 63-48. Game MVP Donnie Richards shared scoring honors with teammate Dennis Gates with 17 each, Brandon Cameron's eight and Chris Hunter's seven points. Cameron added four assists and three steals, while Hunter had nine boards and four blocks.

    > DECEMBER 1, 2000

  • In this article on Gary West's Chris Hunter, Tyler Best talks about Hunter's progress over the summer.

       MORE: No more Mr. Nice Guy [NW Times]

  • Darmetreis Kilgore was the only player in double figures for the Tyler Apaches, scoring 26 points in a 78-62 loss to Paris Junior College on Wednesday. Paris held Tyler as a team to just a hair above 30-percent shooting from the field, and forced Tyler into 24 turnovers. Kilgore was on the floor for 37 minutes of the game, hitting 9 of 22 field goals, 6 of 9 from the perimeter and both of his freethrows. Kilgore led all scorers in the first half with 17 points on 5 of 5 shooting from the perimeter. Kilgore also added five boards, three assists and four steals, committing only one foul. Tyler falls to 4-6 on the season.

  • Tyler Best talks about his illness last year that almost took his sight, and the upcoming Region Roundball Rumble matchup with 6'9 Kenneth "Baby Shaq" Harris. Central Catholic has a tough day Saturday. They begin the day with an 11:00am matchup in the Rumble, followed by an evening matchup at Rensselaer Central.

       MORE: Simply the Best [NW Times]

    > NOVEMBER 30, 2000

  • It surprised me two years ago when Iowa high school freshman guard Jeff Horner made an early commitment to the University of Iowa. It absolutely amazed me when it was officially announced that two Indianapolis freshmen players were verbally committing to Purdue. Robert Vaden, a 6-foot-5 forward, and teammate Desmond Gadis, a 6-foot-0 guard, both verbally committed to play for Purdue beginning with the 2004-2005 season. Vaden and Gadis both play at Indianapolis Cathedral. Vaden is the higher ranked of the two players, ranked as the third-best big man and 13th overall in the class of 2004 by Prep Hoops, and 5th overall by Phenom Junior All-American Camps. Vaden also has the early tag as being Indiana's best player in the class of 2004. It is normal policy for this site not to list or mention too much about a player until they have passed their freshman year of high school. Who needs people asking a freshman about his list of schools? However, since Vaden and Gadis have both taken themselves off the market, we will be creating profiles for them and following their freshman season stats.

       MORE: Cathedral freshmen commit to Purdue [Indy Star]

    > NOVEMBER 29, 2000

  • A team preview for Matt Carroll's Smoky Hill High (CO) has popped up on the Fastbreak Recruiting site.

       MORE: Smoky Hill preview [Fastbreak Recruiting]

  • Hutchinson JC focused on shutting down Tyler JC's top scorer, Darmetreis Kilgore, frustrating him enough to run away with an 88-64 victory. Kilgore finished with 23 points, but shot 7 of 22 from the floor and only 2 of 13 from the perimeter. Kilgore had 12 points in a 98-72 win over Hill College the night before.

    > NOVEMBER 27, 2000

  • Brandon McKnight opened his senior season with a 25 point performance against Elkhart Baptist. Eleven of his twelve made shots came from inside the perimeter.

  • With Brandon Cameron out with the flu, Gary Westside rode Chris Hunter's 22 points, 8 boards and two game deciding defensive charge-receptions to nip Lew Wallace 69-66. Westside is now 2-1 on the season.

  • Lafayette Central Catholic began the season with a bang, defeating Covenant Christian 101-37. Russell Trudeau led CC with 24 points. Kristof Kendrick added 13 and Tyler Best chipped in nine.

       MORE: No. 1 Knights thump Covenant Christian [J&C]

  • Stagg moved to 6-0 on the season as Emily Heikes led the team with 15 points in a 43-29 win over Oak Forest. Emily leads Stagg in scoring with 13 points per game, currently scoring 31-percent of her team's points. Emily has led Stagg in scoring for all but one game this season. In that game against Oswego, foul trouble limited her to 10 points and seven rebounds.

    > NOVEMBER 25, 2000

  • The player profile is now up for 2002 center Gillian Goring, including a couple scouting reports and the Germantown Academy season schedule.

       MORE: Player Profile - Gillian Goring [MrHoops]

  • Chris Hunter scored 12 points but only got seven shot attempts against a pumped up Gary Roosevelt team last night. Roosevelt beat the Westside Cougars 77-68. Brandon Cameron matched Hunter's output of 12 points, but was 4-15 from the floor.

       MORE: Gary Roosevelt 77 - Gary West 68 [NW Times]

    > NOVEMBER 24, 2000

  • I spoke to Germantown Academy head coach Sharon Retif today about 6'7 junior center Gillian Goring. Contrary to the Connecticut press, who last summer indicated Going had narrowed her list, Goring's list is not being cut at the moment. Retif also confirmed Curry and a top assistant both visited Germantown Academy recently.

       MORE: Goring is at the center of Purdue's attention [MrHoops]

    > NOVEMBER 23, 2000

  • A brief team preview for Germantown Academy, featuring 2002 6'7 all-american center Gillian Goring. Goring is getting attention from Purdue, Tennessee, Penn State, Vanderbilt, UCONN and Georgia. Georgia has just received a verbal from the best center in the class of 2001, Kara Braxton, so we will see how that might affect Goring's outlook on continuing to consider Georgia.

       MORE: Germantown preview [Diamond State Classic]

    > NOVEMBER 20, 2000

  • Don't look for Purdue football wide receiver John Standeford to join the Boilers this season, but he is keeping it as an open option for the future. Another potential football-to-basketball walkon could be high school senior Brandon Jones, who has verbally committed to Purdue football. We will be following the progress of the all-state high school all-purpose player throughout the season again this year, as he will likely be a main scoring option for the Tigers and hovering among the state's leading scorers in basketball. A preview of the 2000 Peru Tigers is online at the Kokomo Tribune...

       MORE: Peru preview [Kokomo Tribune]

  • A reminder that tickets go on sale today for the second annual Region Roundball Rumble, an all day showcase featuring seven of the state's top programs plus a team from Kentucky. Tickets can be purchased at participating schools, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays at the Hammond Civic Center box office, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, beginning Monday afternoon, at Times offices in Munster, Crown Point, Valparaiso and Portage. Tickets are $6 for the two-game morning session, or $10 for the entire four-game day. The Times Region Roundball Rumble will be held December 2nd at the Hammond Civic Center, Hammond, IN. The Rumble will feature four games, beginning at 11am, 1pm, 6pm and 8pm. The 11am game has defending state Class A champion Lafayette Central Catholic facing Bishop Noll. Lafayette Central Catholic will put 6'8 Tyler Best, 6'5 Russell Trudeau and 6'4 Kristof Kendrick up against arguably the best big man in northern Indiana, 6'9 sophomore Kenneth Harris. Harris has already verbally committed to Valparaiso University. The 1pm game has two local teams playing, Lake Central and LaPorte. After a late afternoon break, action begins again at 6pm with Gary Westside and Bullitt Central (KY). West continues to schedule out-of-state competition, this time bringing in a Kentucky team to the Rumble. The obvious two prospects to watch at West are the much mentioned juniors Brandon Cameron and Chris Hunter, but also watch for shooting guard Duane Cooper and a host of additional talent on a packed roster. In the 8pm game, Xavier-bound 6'8 senior Will Caudle, Indiana State-bound senior 6'0 Terren Wilson, Ben Davis transfer 6'5 Aaron Patterson and Indianapolis Warren Central take on 6'7 junior Justin Johnson, 6'0 senior Lonnie Randolph and Merrillville High.

  • And while we are on the subject of northern Indiana basketball, Frank Kendrick's Gary Steelheads CBA team will be featuring former Boilermakers Chad Austin, Jaraan Cornell and Roy Hairston. A chance to be a season ticketholder from game one of the franchise can be accomplished by calling (219) 882-4CBA. Training camp for the 2000-2001 Steelheads can be viewed on the Purdue-Calumet campus in Hammond.

    > NOVEMBER 15, 2000

  • Purdue lone early signee made it official Monday by signing her Letter-of-Intent to become a Boilermaker. Emily Heikes, a 6-foot-0 forward, averaged 14.7 points and 10.9 rebounds per game last season. Comments from Curry are posted over on the official site...

       MORE: Heikes Signs Letter Of Intent [Purdue SID]

  • Citing the fact she wanted to move away from home, Ebba Gebisa verbally committed to Wisconsin on Sunday. More recently, Ben Davis' Ashley Allen has verballed to Ohio State. The Boilers scouted Allen, but failed to show much interest after signing a ton of high quality guards last year.

       MORE: Gebisa signs with Wisconsin [Journal and Courier]

  • The confidence from the staff this fall has been high. Now upon signing three top players to LOIs, the confidence has turned to pride. "We are happy that we seem to have the positions filled for all of our need - a quick guard who can handle the ball, another quick guard who can shoot it and finally a power player who's real aggressive," said Keady on his newest additions. "I like this group. I'm looking forward to seeing what they can do when they get here as part of the program."

       MORE: Two top 100 prepsters and junior college standout join Boilers [Purdue SID]

    > NOVEMBER 13, 2000

  • The player profile is up for Darmetreis Kilgore, including a short bio, news gathered from this site over the past year, a couple scouting reports, some story links, some season stats, and his 00-01 season schedule.

       MORE: Darmetreis Kilgore Player Profile [MrHoops]

    > NOVEMBER 12, 2000

  • Steve Valiant is back, this time with an interview. Playing on Purdue's teams during the first years of Lin Dunn's coaching tenure, Jane Schott, then known as Jane Calhoun, was a part of the first Purdue team to win the Big Ten championship. Steve talked to Jane about playing under Linn Dunn, making history at Purdue, what makes a good coach, and about her job as color commentator for Lady Boiler home games.

       MORE: An interview with Jane Calhoun Schott [MrHoops - Steve Valiant]

  • A brief update on the list of schools for 6'10 Gary West junior center Chris Hunter that includes Purdue and a ton of other top programs.

       MORE: Hunter has early list [Midwest Hoops]

    > NOVEMBER 9, 2000

  • In a heartbreaker, Shyra Ely has been confirmed to have verbally committed to Tennessee in a Wednesday press conference. Our source at the news conference said Ely mentioned she thought Tennessee could help her reach the next level, but it was a hard decision and she found nothing wrong with Purdue to make her choose Tennessee. Her impression of Ely's was that the Ben Davis player looked very sincere when she said she had a hard time turning down Curry and staff. Ely was quoted to say she "always wanted to go to Purdue." But, she chose Tennessee.

       MORE: Ben Davis' Ely chooses Vols [Indy Star]

    > NOVEMBER 8, 2000

  • Adam Waleskowski was still mentioning Purdue, Dayton and Xavier, even though all three schools were out of scholarships to offer the forward from the class of 2001. Pete Waleskowski, Adam's father, had told us he would be willing to pay for a year's tuition if his son ended up liking one of the above three programs enough to want to commit. But Florida State could offer a scholarship, and in a move certain to make his father a little more financially happy at least, Adam Waleskowski verbally committed to Florida State on Tuesday.

  • The early signing period begins today, and Purdue awaits letters-of-intent from their three verbal commitments...Darmetreis Kilgore, Matt Carroll, and Brandon McKnight. Once the LOI is received for a player, the coaching staff will be able to officially comment about the player to the media.

  • The early signing period begins today and runs until November 15th. The Boilers are hoping today brings good news about the cornerstone of this season's recruiting efforts...Shyra Ely. Ely is scheduled to announce her decision Wednesday evening along with teammate Ashley Allen. A contributor to the site will be at the scrimmage tomorrow night and will be able to confirm any rumors about the decision after it happens. Ely finished her final recruiting visit to Ohio State this past weekend, and it appears as if her four choices of Georgia, Ohio State, Tennessee and Purdue are all getting equal consideration. Ashley Allen is also considering Georgia along with Arkansas. Will they be a package? An excellent article on the relationship between Allen and Ely dives into the subject in the Indianapolis Star...

       MORE: Ely-Allen tandem primed to keep Giants on course [Indy Star]

    > NOVEMBER 7, 2000

  • A decision is expected soon from West Lafayette's 6'3 Ebba Gebisa, who is down to Purdue, Wisconsin, Michigan and Vanderbilt. The Journal and Courier has a season preview up for the West Lafayette Red Devils, where head coach Steve Dietrich hopes a thin roster can improve on last season's 11-11 record.

       MORE: 2000-2001 West Lafayette season preview [J&C]

    > NOVEMBER 5, 2000

  • Steve Valiant is back with a warped look at the Lady Boilers' in the 2000-2001 season.

       MORE: A Cracked Crystal Ball Season Preview [MrHoops - Steve Valiant]

  • We have received the 2000-2001 schedule for Tyler Best and Lafayette Central Catholic. It has been posted in his player profile, which also has been reworked.

       MORE: Tyler Best Player Profile [MrHoops]

    > NOVEMBER 4, 2000

  • We have received the 2000-2001 schedule for Matt Carroll and Smoky Hill High (CO). It has been posted in his player profile.

       MORE: Matt Carroll Player Profile [MrHoops]

    > NOVEMBER 3, 2000

  • Although not yet qualified, JaQuan Hart has verbally committed to Michigan. He chose Michigan over Iowa.

       MORE: UM lands Flint recruit [Detroit News]

    > NOVEMBER 2, 2000

  • We have received the 2000-2001 schedule for Brandon McKnight and South Bend LaSalle High. It has been posted in his player profile.

       MORE: Brandon McKnight Player Profile [MrHoops]

    > NOVEMBER 1, 2000

  • Ebba Gebisa was in attendance for the Boilermaker Hoopla scrimmage held this past Saturday, but is not ready to commit. Her list still stands at Purdue, Wisconsin, Michigan and Vanderbilt.

       MORE: Gebisa still undecided [J&C]

  • The University of Tennessee has just added California 5'11 point guard Loree Moore to their 2000-2001 recruiting class, and now turns their attention on signing the nation's top player, Shyra Ely. Ely still plans to visit Ohio State this weekend and announce a decision on the first day of the early signing period which begins on November 8th. Ely has been the focus of Purdue's recruiting for years. Just last year a source commented to us that the staff, while wanting to also sign other players at other positions, believed if they only signed Ely from the class of 2001, their recruiting would be a success. Ely is THAT good of a player at several key positions of need for the Boilers. Purdue has recruited Ely extremely hard, and losing her to another program will not be due to any lack of trying on the part of the staff.

  • The commitment of Loree Moore comes on the heels of another Tennessee target choosing to stay home and attend Michigan. Tabitha Pool, a 6'1 forward from Ann Arbor Huron HS (MI), chose the Wolverines over Tennessee and Michigan State. Pool averaged 22 points, 18 rebounds, five steals, four assists and two blocks as a junior. She is as the ranked No. 18 senior by Women's Basketball Journal and at No. 30 in the newest Blue Star rankings.

  • Jeff Washburn recently spoke to recruiting analyst Bob Gibbons about Keady's incoming recruiting class of Kilgore, Carroll and McKnight. Gibbons believes it is Keady's finest class since 1994, when Purdue brought in highly regarded Brad Miller and Chad Austin, a sleeper named David Lesmond, and the nation's top junior college player Roy Hairston.

       MORE: Future Boilermaker trio gives Keady best recruiting class since '94 [J&C]

    > OCTOBER 31, 2000

  • FoxSports has a new list of the nation's top 40 high school senior girls up, and author Clay Kallam doesn't believe Shyra Ely is the top player. That honor now goes to Narbonne's Loree Moore. Before anyone argues a Tennessee bias from Kallam, I would point out that Kallam was the analyst who picked Purdue as the preseason No. 1 team for the 2000-2001 season in Slam Magazine.

       MORE: Player Rankings [MrHoops]

    > OCTOBER 30, 2000

  • Over the weekend, Darmetreis Kilgore made good on his "word" to Gene Keady...he will play for the Boilers in 2001-2002. Kilgore, along side his family for the weekend visit and scrimmage, finally ended the speculation and chose Purdue over Kentucky. Kilgore will have two years of eligibility beginning in the 2001-2002 season, but may flirt with the NBA along the way. With verbal commitments from 6'8 forward Matt Carroll, 6'3 point guard Brandon McKnight, and now Kilgore, Purdue has used all of the available scholarships for the class of 2001 and now turns to the class of 2002. Purdue has up to five scholarships to use on that class.

       MORE: Junior college standout commits to Boilermakers [J&C]
       MORE: Ex-Panther Kilgore picks Boilermakers [South Bend Tribune]

  • Big Ten Update: Michigan State received a commitment from 6'4 Kelvin Tolbert, a shooting guard from Flint Northwestern HS (MI). Tolbert is rated by most as a top five player, some ranking him as the best player in the nation. Tolbert averaged 25.1 points, 10.5 rebounds and 3.2 dunks a game as a junior. He chose Michigan State over Michigan, Connecticut and Cincinnati.

    Wisconsin beat Tulane for the services of LaTrell Fleming of Milwaukee Marshall HS (WI). Fleming is a 6'3 combo guard who averaged 18 points, five assists, three steals and four rebounds as a junior. Tennessee and Marquette had also offered. Wisconsin now has two scholarships remaining to offer the class of 2001.

    > OCTOBER 27, 2000

  • More news on Matt Carroll's commitment to Purdue.

       MORE: Highly rated forward commits to Purdue [Indy Star]
       MORE: Carroll's hustle draws comparisons to Cardinal [J&C]
       MORE: Carroll picks Purdue [Denver Post]

  • I have updated the links on the "Rankings" page and have added several new links.

       MORE: Player Rankings [MrHoops]

  • NOTE: The next update for this page will not be until October 30 as I will be out of town. You can keep up with recruiting info by visiting the Purdue sports forum.

       MORE: Purdue Forum [MrHoops]

  • Blue Star has their 2000-2001 ranking up, and Shyra Ely remains the top player in the nation in her class and in all classes. The two new ranking lists are located on the "Rankings" page.

       MORE: Player Rankings [MrHoops]

    > OCTOBER 26, 2000

  • Matt Carroll to Purdue! Smoky Hill 6'8 forward Matt Carroll has verballed to Purdue and will sign in November, according to PacWest Hoops, who talked with Carroll last night. Other sites have since confirmed the news, including FansOnly's Bill Hodge. Carroll is a solid, top 100 rated forward who can play a mixture of both forward positions. Specific rankings include 95th by Fox Sports and Recruiting USA, 87th by Midwest Hoops, plus named an honorable mention all-american by Street & Smith and USA Today. Carroll boasts a 3.5 GPA and a 1020 SAT score. Purdue has just one scholarship remaining, currently held out to 6'5 JUCO winger Darmetreis Kilgore. Kilgore will visit Purdue this weekend. Wide speculation has Kilgore in the mood to make a decision this weekend, which will help Purdue greatly by allowing the staff to concentrate on the class of 2002. Purdue will have up to five scholarships to offer the class of 2002.

       MORE: Carroll decides [PacWest Hoops]

    > OCTOBER 25, 2000

  • More on the commitment of Courtney Young to Tennessee from the Ventura County Star, indicating Purdue may have been out of the running back in September when she cut her list to Tennessee and Georgia.

       MORE: Tennessee is the place for Young [Ventura County Star]

  • Utah was the choice on Tuesday for Los Alamos (NM) center Chris Jackson, choosing the Utes over Purdue, New Mexico and Stanford. Meanwhile, 6'8 forward Matt Carroll is scheduled to announce sometime within the next day between Purdue, Vanderbilt and Utah. Utah has the opposite problem that Purdue has at the moment. While the Boilers are loaded at guard, Utah has eight player 6'8 or taller, not including the recently verballed Chris Jackson. That lineup includes two players, Chris Burgess and Lance Allred, both 6'10 wanting to play facing the basket.

       MORE: Jackson commits to Utes? [PacWest Hoops]

    > OCTOBER 24, 2000

  • Purdue prospect Courtney Young has verballed to Tennessee after her weekend visit, and according to a story at Cal Preps, Tennessee leads for Indianapolis' Shyra Ely also. Both Young and Ely visited Tennessee this past weekend, Young on Saturday and Sunday, and Ely on Sunday and Monday.

       MORE: Tennessee gets Young [Cal Preps]

    > OCTOBER 23, 2000

  • The season preview for the 2000-2001 Lady Boilers is now up. Capri Small looks at the team, the schedule and the opponents...

       MORE: 2000-2001 Lady Boilers Season Preview [MrHoops - Capri Small]

    > OCTOBER 22, 2000

  • Two of Purdue prime targets are visiting Tennessee this weekend. Courtney Young, a 5'10 athletic combo guard from Buena HS (CA) is visiting with her mother, and 6'3 forward Shyra Ely arrived on the Vol campus Saturday evening for an official visit. Prospects are allowed 48 hours on campus on an official visit.

    > OCTOBER 21, 2000

  • T"nae Thiel has reportedly given Stanford a verbal commitment, but the news has yet to be confirmed. Thiel has also reportedly cancelled her official visit to Purdue.

    > OCTOBER 19, 2000

  • Peoria's Marcellus Sommerville has verballed to the University of Iowa over a final list that also included Kentucky and Saint Louis.

  • All-American Angelina Williams of Chicago Washington HS (IL), a 6'0 forward, has verbally committed to the University of Illinois. Williams chose Illinois over Wisconsin and Purdue. Williams averaged 15.2 points and 8.2 rebounds last year, helping her team to the Class AA state finals.

    > OCTOBER 18, 2000

  • Cisti Greenwalt, the 6'5 senior center from Clovis HS (NM), has given Texas Tech a verbal commitment. Greenwalt has been favoring staying closer to home, giving Texas Tech and New Mexico the edge in her recruitment. Greenwalt's decision means signing a center becomes even more important from the class of 2002. The 2002-2003 season will feature only two players on the Purdue roster over 6'1. True center Mary Jo Noon will be a senior that season, and the versatile Shalicia Hurns at 6'3 will be a junior.

  • Chris Jackson seems to be relatively unconcerned about the recent center additions to two of his favorites, according to a report by Jeremy Tiers. Stanford and New Mexico have both received verbals from nationally ranked centers from the class of 2001. Robert Little, a 6'9 center from Fairfax (VA) rated #84 by Hoop Scoop, has verballed to Stanford, while New Mexico on Monday added 7'0 center Chad Bell from Los Angeles (CA) who rates at #71 by Hoop Scoop. Comparatively, Jackson is rated #162 by Hoop Scoop. Pay close attention to one comment Jackson makes in response to his favorites as he visits them. I made a comment on the forum yesterday about the fact Mel McCants, during his official visits, verballed to each school he visited. Purdue just happened to be his last visit. When Jackson says, "After you meet the coaches and visit a school you start thinking about them a lot, but then you visit the next school and the same thing happens...", it is encouraging Purdue will get the final official visit from him too. When a player likes what he sees almost everywhere he goes, it is nice to make the final impression.

       MORE: Jackson enjoys trips [All-Star Report]

  • Darmetreis Kilgore will officially visit Purdue the weekend of October 27-29. According to his coach Matt Javit, Purdue is the clear frontrunner, maybe one of the only schools in the running for Kilgore. Kilgore has previously mentioned giving his "word" to the Purdue coaches, and no matter what high school site seems to think Purdue is recruiting over him, Purdue has remained equally loyal. Russ Blake gives up an update on Kilgore.

       MORE: Purdue bound? [Juco Junction]

  • Tamal Forchion, a skilled power player from Philly Roman Catholic (PA), has verballed to George Washington over LaSalle, St. Bonaventure and St. Joe's.

    > OCTOBER 17, 2000

  • Shyra Ely spent time on Purdue's campus this past weekend on an official visit, and came away with a good view of practice and Curry's philosophy. Next she will visit Tennessee this coming weekend, to be followed by a visit to Ohio State the first week of November.

  • Both Gary McQuay and John Standeford were no-shows as an estimated 30 players showed up today to try and win a walk-on spot with the Boilers. Andrew Ford, so far, is the only invited walk-on.

       MORE: Walk-ons stand slim shot [Exponent]

    > OCTOBER 15, 2000

  • An interesting interview with JaQuan Hart over at the Midwest Hoops site. Hart talks about his game and his grades, revealing he has yet to get a qualifying score on the SAT. He also talks about enjoying an up-tempo style team, mentioning both Michigan and Iowa have up-tempo offenses. While he lists Michigan and Iowa as slight favorites, he adds "Purdue is real, real close."

       MORE: JaQuan Hart interview [Midwest Hoops]

    > OCTOBER 12, 2000

  • It has been a long time since we have seen an update on Wisconsin guard Latrell Fleming. Ages ago it seems he mentioned Purdue, but as this report states, it is down to only Marquette, Tennessee, Tulane and Wisconsin. He is favoring the last two.

       MORE: Fleming has top two [Insiders Report]

  • Big Ten update: A 6-foot-11 center from Texas has verballed to Iowa. Trinity High senior Erek Hansen averaged 10.7 points, 9.8 rebounds and three blocks per game last season, and chose Iowa over SMU and Texas Tech. Hansen was recruited on his athleticism and mobility, said to be better defensively than offensively. Hansen is Iowa's second commitment from the 2001 class. Westmont (IL) point guard Pierre Pierce committed last spring. Iowa now looks for a wing scorer, and is still involved with two Purdue prospects, 6-foot-5 JaQuan Hart and 6-foot-7 Marcellus Sommerville. A recent Iowa radio sports report claimed Hart has reduced his list to only Michigan and Iowa, similar to what Hart recently told the Wolverine. Iowa has one scholarship remaining for the class of 2001.

       MORE: Hart sets up homecoming visit [Wolverine]

    > OCTOBER 11, 2000

  • Shanna Zolman, junior guard from Wawasee (IN), announced today at a news conference she will play for Tennessee.

    > OCTOBER 10, 2000

  • Wawasee junior guard Shanna Zolman is scheduled to announce her college choice at 3:15pm today at Wawasee high school.

  • When we spoke to Andre Patterson's mother a year ago, she was already trying to get Andre to take more interest in west coast schools. And more importantly, she was lobbying west coast schools to take more interest in Andre. One of those schools happened to be the one her son would eventually pick over a couple Big Ten teams who had recruited Patterson back he was an unknown lanky forward at some town called Fort Wayne Indiana. UCLA will get the services of Andre Patterson Jr, winning out over Michigan and Kentucky. Purdue began the slide off Patterson's list after the release of assistant Frank Kendrick a year ago.

       MORE: Patterson a Bruin [Pac West Hoops]

  • Things that make you go "hmmmmmmm"...why was assistant Jay Price overheard at a recent alumni function saying Purdue could possibly bring in four new players next year? Three scholarships and a walkon? For those thinking Purdue has suffered from having a head coach overseas during a prime fall recruiting period and an inexperienced, new recruiting assistant in Cuonzo Martin, why are the coaches so upbeat about recruiting this fall? Because the staff believes they are doing so well with so many high quality kids this fall, they claim they could sign ten players if they had the scholarships. Looking at the class of 2002, Indianapolis Pike forward Parnell Smith has been followed this summer by Brian Gregory of Michigan State, and more recently was invited to a football game by Notre Dame head coach Mike Brey. However, no one pursued Smith harder than Jay Price and Todd Foster this summer.

    > OCTOBER 8, 2000

  • Purdue is being listed by a top 2003 power forward in California, 68 Harrison Schaen from Santa Ana (CA). Schaen was pegged as California's top 8th grader two years ago, and now is ranked by more than a couple services as a top ten player nationally for the class of 2003. The PAC-10 is heavily favored on his list, but he also has his eyes set nationally. Arizona, California, Duke, Florida, Kansas, Kentucky, North Carolina, Pepperdine, Purdue, San Diego, San Francisco, Stanford, Syracuse, UCLA, USC, and Virginia are all on his lengthy early list.

  • Midwest Hoops is reporting that 6'8 forward Kelly Whitney of Chicago Marshall has committed to the University of Michigan. Purdue was in the mix with Whitney, along with Illinois, Iowa, Siena, New Mexico, Bradley and Alabama.

       MORE: Whitney commits [Midwest Hoops]

    > OCTOBER 6, 2000

  • Today is the last day of the fall "contact period" for Division I men's basketball, which ends in-person, off-campus recruiting contacts and evaluations. The staff now enters into a "quiet period" through November 15th, where in-person recruiting contacts are only allowed to be made on-campus. The early signing period, where prospects can sign letter-of-intent to attend specific universities, begins on November 8th and runs through November 15th.

  • NM center Chris Jackson picture of one of the four schools he has on his list may be getting a little fuzzy. Stanford, New Mexico, Utah and Purdue have all made Jackson's final four. However, Stanford yesterday received a verbal from 2001 center Robert Little of Fairfax, VA. Little is rated as the 33rd best 2001 prospect by Dave Telep. Stanford can add a couple more players, but looks to be turning focus toward a small forward now and may only burn one more scholarship for the 2001 class. One of those players is Colorado's Matt Carroll, another player with Purdue high on his list. Back to Jackson, he has been rated by Telep as the 76th best 2001 prospect, in a deep class for quality centers. Jackson will not make a decision until after his October 28th visit to Purdue. Purdue will be his last campus visit.

  • Roy and Harv have an update on some Illinois prospects, including a mention of Marcellus Sommerville and his list of choices.

       MORE: Buzz from Illinois [All-Star Report]

    About half way down in this article is an evaluation of Sommerville from last weekend's Gibbons Fall Evaluation Clinic. Purdue was said to be there checking him out.

       MORE: Gibbons Fall Evaluation Clinic recap [All-Star Report]

  • Big Ten Update: Here are a few commitments that have occurred over the past few days...

    Indiana has received a much needed fill at point guard. Donald Perry, a 6'2 point guard from Reuben McCall HS (LA), chose Indiana over Tulane and St. Louis. The most encouraging comment from Perry regarding his commitment has been his bond with the program, not the coach. Not only does this give Indiana a good chance of retaining him if a new coach is hired at Indiana after this season, it also is a refreshingly contrasting view when compared to most athletes who primarily commit to a coach...then look elsewhere when the coach moves on. It is the difference between respecting a coach through the university, or respecting the university through the coach. The difference between being a student-athlete and being an athlete-student. Perry averaged 22.5 points and eight assists as a junior. Indiana has now filled all scholarships for the Class of 2001.

    Minnesota has filled scholarship four, and now looks to fill scholarship five after this weekend. Due to the new NCAA 5/8 rule, programs are limited to no more than five new scholarship grants per year, and eight over two years. Scholarship four for the incoming class of 2001-2002 went to 6'8 forward O'Neal Mims of Austin (TX). Mims averaged 15 points and 12 rebounds as a junior. Minnesota head coach Dan Monson would love scholarship five to go to Duluth East (MN) 6'10 power forward Rick Rickert, who will be on the Minnesota campus this coming weekend. Rickert is a consensus top 15 player with a final list of Duke, Arizona and Minnesota.

    Michigan has got to be looking like a logjam for JaQuan Hart now, following a verbal from 2001 wing forward Chuck Bailey of Detroit Martin Luther King HS. The 6'7 wing player joins 2001 6'3 shooting guard Dommanic Ingerson and 2002 6'6 winger Lester Abrams as recently verballed recruits for Michigan. Still, JaQuan Hart is scheduled for an official visit to Michigan on October 20th. You have to wonder how comments Hart has made about playing time concerns and being a leader will factor into the decision now that Michigan has signed another wing forward. Tobie Smith has an update on Hart, stating Hart is a priority. But this was written before the news of Bailey's verbal.

       MORE: Hart to visit Michigan [Wolverine]

    > OCTOBER 5, 2000

  • Gene Keady is back from the Olympics, but he isn't exactly home yet. The Indianapolis Star has some comments from Keady on his immediate return to recruiting. The talk in the article about frequent air travel is referring to Keady's non-stop visitation of Purdue prospects since his return. He is flying to the town of each prospect and meeting with the player, family members and high school coaches to reaffirm Purdue's interest and desire to have them in the program. Recent trips to Ohio and Illinois will be followed in the next two days with trips to Colorado and Texas.

       MORE: Purdue coach talks about coming season [Indianapolis Star]

  • 2001 forward Adam Waleskowski will be on Purdue's campus this weekend for yet another unofficial visit. While in Mackey, he does plan to suit up and play some pickup with the team before the Michigan game.

  • Street & Smith has named Boiler prospect Darmetreis Kilgore a first team juco all-american in this year's preseason preview. Purdue's lone verbal to date from the Class of 2001, Brandon McKnight, must have really impressed the editors and scouts from the magazine. He is the only player to be named both an honorable mention all-american AND a high-honorable mention all-american. Joining McKnight on the high-honorable mention list are Chris Jackson, JaQuan Hart, Aaron Patterson, Marcellus Sommerville and Adam Waleskowski. Matt Carroll and former Boiler prospect Andre Patterson made the honorable mention list. As for underclassmen, Lafayette CC's Tyler Best made the high-honorable mention list containing approximately 80 players, along with Providence-St. Mel's Stan Gaines. Two additional Purdue prospects, Tyler Clevenger of Winchester and Justin Johnson of Merrillville, were named to the honorable mention underclassmen list.

  • Wawasee junior guard Shanna Zolman has scheduled a press conference for next Tuesday to announce her college decision. It is widely speculated she will pick Tennessee.

  • Street & Smith has hit the stands with their preseason magazine, and Ben Davis' Shyra Ely leads the list of first team all-americans. Other players of interest named all-american are T'nea Thiel (second team), Cisti Greenwalt (third team), junior Ann Strother (fourth team) and Ashley Allen (fourth team). The magazine also named Ben Davis the preseason No.1 team in the nation.

  • Today's Journal and Courier had a recruiting update from Mike Carmin, listing the official visits for several top Purdue prospects. I have added a list of names and dates to the top of the page.

    > OCTOBER 4, 2000

  • The field is set for the second annual Times Region Roundball Rumble which will be held December 2nd at the Hammond Civic Center, Hammond, IN. The Rumble will feature four games, beginning at 11am, 1pm, 6pm and 8pm. The 11am game has defending state Class A champion Lafayette Central Catholic facing Bishop Noll. Lafayette Central Catholic will put 6'8 Tyler Best, 6'5 Russell Trudeau and 6'4 Kristof Kendrick up against arguably the best big man in northern Indiana, 6'9 sophomore Kenneth Harris. Harris has already verbally committed to Valparaiso University. The 1pm game has two local teams playing, Lake Central and LaPorte. After a late afternoon break, action begins again at 6pm with Gary Westside and Bullitt Central (KY). West continues to schedule out-of-state competition, this time bringing in a Kentucky team to the Rumble. The obvious two prospects to watch at West are the much mentioned juniors Brandon Cameron and Chris Hunter, but also watch for shooting guard Duane Cooper and a host of additional talent on a packed roster. In the 8pm game, Xavier-bound 6'8 senior Will Caudle, Indiana State-bound senior 6'0 Terren Wilson and Indianapolis Warren Central take on 6'7 junior Justin Johnson, 6'0 senior Lonnie Randolph and Merrillville High.

    > OCTOBER 2, 2000

  • Purdue is still being mentioned with 6'9 Ousmane Cisse, along with a dozen other major programs. This update denies internet rumors claiming he has already given a secret verbal to Louisville.

       MORE: Cisse yet to decide [All-Star Report]

  • In a conversation with juco sophomore power forward Sam Hoskin, who recently verballed to DePaul, Russ Blake discovers Purdue made Hoskin's final four before choosing DePaul. Purdue, Michigan and Houston all got calls last Monday from Hoskin to say he was choosing the Blue Demons.

       MORE: Sam Hoskin interview [Juco Junction]

    > OCTOBER 1, 2000

  • Two new articles on 6-foot-5 center Cisti Greenwalt on the Albuquerque Journal site. The first talks mainly on her recruitment. She has narrowed her list to five...New Mexico, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, Arizona State and Purdue. Purdue was also in town to see her last Monday, and she has no other visits scheduled after this weekend's visit to New Mexico, due to her concentration on the high school volleyball season. The second article has Cisti being named a national top ten player by Blue Star Recruiting, and her father coming through on a promise made to her if she were ever to be named a top ten player. Two very nice write-ups.

       MORE: Courtship of Clovis' Cisti Greenwalt [Albuquerque Journal]
       MORE: Greenwalt Listed in Top 10 in US [Albuquerque Journal]

    > SEPTEMBER 28, 2000

  • Prospect Sam Hoskin from Schoolcraft CC, a 6-foot-8 power forward ranked as the fifth best at his position in the juco sophomore class by analyst Rick Ball, has verbally committed to DePaul. Hoskin had been scheduled to visit Michigan this coming weekend with Andre Patterson, but cancelled after a successful sales pitch by DePaul last weekend.

  • Contrary to printed reports, JaQuan Hart has not yet cancelled his remaining visit to Michigan. According to Tobie at The Wolverine who spoke with Hart yesterday, Hart is down to Iowa, Purdue and Michigan and will choose sometime before November 15. All three are said to be even.

       MORE: Hart may visit yet [The Wolverine]

  • Rick Ball, a recruiting analyst who covers the junior college circuit well, has Tyler (TX) wing guard Darmetreis Kilgore rated the third best among juco wing guards. He also rates former East Chicago forward Carlton Baker as the nation's fourth best small forward among juco sophomores. Purdue needs a perimeter scorer from the class of 2001. Including JaQuan Hart, who rates as the nation's fifth best shooting guard among high school seniors, Purdue is on three top five players at their position.

  • Andre Patterson has reduced his list to three -- Michigan, UCLA, and Kentucky -- and will visit with UCLA's Steve Lavin in-home tonight. PacWest's Greg Hicks has Andre's official visit dates...

       MORE: Patterson's final three [PacWest Hoops]

  • "They all have good academics, good coaches and good programs," Matt Carroll told PacWest's Greg Hicks, referring to his final four of Stanford, Utah, Purdue and Vanderbilt. Carroll will host an in-home with Gene Keady upon his return from Sydney and the Olympics, and will take an official visit with Purdue on October 13th. PacWest has Carroll rated as the second-best power forward on the west coast.

       MORE: Carroll down to four [PacWest Hoops]

    > SEPTEMBER 27, 2000

  • Over a week ago we got word from a good source, then verified it with a second, that Sean Kline had contacted Purdue to let them know he was going to look at other programs again. Then on Monday Sean Kline again committed to Indiana. In today's Huntington Herald Press, Kline talked about his situation and recommitment, and also mentioned he indeed did contact both Purdue and Michigan State. As always, thanks to everyone for keeping their ears open.

       MORE: Kline renews his commitment [Herald-Press]

  • More info on Jacqueline Batteast's recent verbal to Notre Dame...

       MORE: Batteast picks Notre Dame [South Bend Tribune]

    > SEPTEMBER 26, 2000

  • Breaking news (10:45pm)...Jacqueline Batteast, a 6-foot-1 forward from South Bend Washington HS, has given a verbal commitment to Notre Dame following a weekend visit.

    (11:20pm) The commitment has been confirmed by WSBT-TV in South Bend.

    > SEPTEMBER 25, 2000

  • Here's an excellent article for players wanting to be recruited. It talks about the importance of taking the initiative and contacting the programs of interest, finding out what camps your favorite coaches will be working, and how to gauge any return interest.

       MORE: How college coaches recruit [SportsHuddle]

  • 2001 forward Adam Waleskowski of Kettering (OH) is scheduling another look at Purdue. We talked with Adam's father a week ago and found out he will be making another unoffical visit to Purdue. At that time it was tentatively scheduled for Homecoming, but Dave Telep reports Adam has now changed it to October 4th. The move is likely due to the fact Coach Keady will be in Sydney with the Olympics. Closing ceremonies are October 1st. While Adam awaits Keady's return to the country, he is busy organizing his visits and is pretty much handling his own recruiting agenda. "He is really working on this himself," said Pete Waleskowski, "taking responsibility so that he makes the best decision for his future. My wife and I are sitting back and supporting the process...which we believe is in his best interest long term." Waiting to talk with Coach Keady gives Adam the chance to ask where he fits in, plus gives the parents the opportunity to again bond with the full coaching staff. Having a coach that is down-to-earth is important to the Waleskowskis. "The coaches at Purdue are really down to earth, which we really liked," added Pete Waleskowski. "The only program that is recruiting Adam that is as close in that regard is Xavier." According to Dave Telep's update in the link below, Purdue and Xavier are still on the list with Dayton, Penn State, Florida State and Tennessee.

       MORE: Visits beginning [Rivals100 Hoops]

  • Here's an excellent article for players wanting to be recruited. It talks about the importance of taking the initiative and contacting the programs of interest, finding out what camps your favorite coaches will be working, and how to gauge any return interest.

       MORE: How college coaches recruit [SportsHuddle]

  • Michigan State update: Dave Telep breaks the story that Indianapolis point guard Chris Hill has verballed to Michigan State during a weekend visit. Hill, a 6-foot-2 165-pound guard from Indianapolis Lawrence North, averaged 17 points, four rebounds and four assists as a junior, shooting 86-percent from the line.

       MORE: Chris Hill to MSU [Rivals100 Hoops]

    > SEPTEMBER 24, 2000

  • Marcus Sommerville will receive an in-home visit from Purdue on Thursday, September 28th. Illinois, Bradley, Iowa, St. Louis, Kentucky and Purdue are getting his attention this fall. In other news, Illinois wing forward Najeeb Echols has eliminated Purdue, and Andre Patterson Jr. is down to Michigan, UCLA, Kentucky and Kansas.

  • Ousmane Cisse, a 6-8 power forward and top 10 prospect, was interviewed recently and shed some light on his recruiting situation. Some of the interesting comments to note...Purdue was in town recently to observe him and will get an in-home when Keady returns from the Olympics, and he has his eye on playing one of the two forward spots in college.

       MORE: Ousmane Cisse interview [ACC Recruiting Update]

  • Mike DeCourcy of the Sporting News has a new column up discussing the pitfalls of the new 5/8 scholarship rule inacted by the NCAA.

       MORE: New NCAA rule restricts opportunity [Sporting News]

  • Here's an update on California guard Courtney Young, with a little bit of background info on her young basketball career so far. She has a final five of Purdue, Ohio State, Georgia, Tennessee, and Duke.

       MORE: Young makes choices [California Preps]

    > SEPTEMBER 23, 2000

  • Big Ten update: The Wisconsin Badgers have received a verbal commitment from 5-foot-11 Milwaukee point guard Shawna Nichols. Nichols averaged 14.6 points, 6.2 assists and 3.4 steals as a junior, and has been named a USA Today honorable mention all-american two years running. Nichols chose the Badgers over Marquette, Iowa, NC State and Drake.

  • In the "that didn't last very long" department, indications are that Sean Kline has reaffirmed his decision to attend Indiana.

    > SEPTEMBER 22, 2000

  • Emily Heikes, a 6-foot-0 center from Stagg HS near Chicago, has verballed to Purdue and will sign in November. Here are some details on her decision, and her new MrHoops player profile.

       MORE: Player Profile: Emily Heikes [BBR]
       MORE: Heikes commits to Purdue women [Journal and Courier]

  • Chris Jackson has narrowed his list to four, and has in-homes and officials set up with them over the next month. Beginning the first weekend in October and continuing each weekend until all four have been visited, Jackson plans to visit Stanford, New Mexico, Utah and Purdue. As this article points out, Jackson wants to see each before making a decision at the end of October.

       MORE: Chris Jackson has four [PacWest Hoops]

    > SEPTEMBER 21, 2000

  • JaQuan Hart has set up a visit to Purdue for October 6th, followed by Michigan on October 14th. He will be in Wisconsin this coming weekend.

       MORE: Hart has four visits [Rivals100 Hoops]

  • Purdue continues the press on Tyler JC small forward Darmetreis Kilgore, as Cuonzo Martin is seen visiting Tyler. Kilgore still has Purdue leading UNLV, Cincinnati and Illinois.

       MORE: Kilgore: Purdue still leads [Juco Junction]

    > SEPTEMBER 18, 2000

  • In a surprise move to most, 6-foot-5 shooting guard Alan Anderson of DeLaSalle HS (MN) has verbally committed to Michigan State. After narrowing his list to Michigan State, Kansas, Minnesota, Iowa, and Louisville, Anderson took visits to Minnesota and Kansas before finally visiting and verballing to Michigan State. With the recent wing guard additions to the University of Michigan, it now looks very likely Hart will be playing for an out-of-state school in the Big Ten. Frontrunners appear to still be Iowa and Purdue.

       MORE: Anderson decides [Insider's Report]

  • Purdue is still being mentioned in the running for 2001 6-foot-10 center Ousmane Cisse, as Cisse awaits a home visit from the Purdue staff. With Cisse likely to trim his list to five to seven school in a week, Purdue had better hurry...

       MORE: Ousmane Cisse Update [Insider's Report]

  • Word has it that Sean Kline has contacted Purdue to let the staff know he is again looking at programs. Kline committed to Bob Knight in July and still may end up signing with Indiana in the long run. But he has re-opened his recruitment to make sure he has made the right decision in choosing Indiana.

    > SEPTEMBER 16, 2000

  • Mentioned so long ago we have almost forgotten about him, Georgia swingman Josh Pace has verballed to Syracuse.

       MORE: Josh Pace to Syracuse [All Star Report]

  • Another long ago mentioned player, Tamal Forchion of Philadelphia Roman Catholic (PA), has pared his list to four schools. St. Joseph's, St. Bonaventure, and LaSalle and George Washington are all still in the running. Forchion shows the potential to be a high major talent, but is overshadowed by the fact he is a 6-foot-6 power player. After spending his junior season playing behind all-world senior Eddie Griffin, then breaking his wrist and mising the entire summer circuit, Forchion's better days are still ahead of him. Talk is that Forchion could wait until the spring signing period and be in play with high major programs looking to fill gaps, but he will likely not wait that long.

       MORE: Forchion at 4 [Insider's Report]

    > SEPTEMBER 12, 2000

  • Tiffanie Guthrie, visited the Illini over the weekend, and liked the package so much she gave a verbal commitment. The 5-foot-10 swing player from Trotwood HS in Ohio averaged 23 points per game as a junior, and was named the MVP of this summer's AAU National tournament.

    > SEPTEMBER 8, 2000

  • September 7th marked the beginning of another NCAA contact period for coaches. The September contact period, which runs through October 6th, is the time of year where most coaches schedule in-home visits with prospects and set up official visits. Each prospect can have an unlimited number of in-home visits, but is only allowed five paid official visits to college campuses. Colleges also do not have a limit on the number of in-home visits they can make, but Purdue's limit for hosting prospects for official visits this year is four. New NCAA rules do limit the number of days a program can use for recruiting within that one month period. Coaches are only allowed to recruit 18 days between now and October 6th. Purdue's first in-home is scheduled with 6-foot-8 forward Matt Carroll of Smokey Hill HS (CO). Carroll, according to Russ Blake, has eight in-homes scheduled. While Purdue will get one of the earliest opportunities to impress Carroll, being the first visit is not always an indication of a player's top choice. David Lee for instance, who invited Kansas in for his first in-home visit, cancelled after giving a verbal commitment to Florida last week. Some other known first day visits with some prospects being mentioned with Purdue...Alan Anderson (Minnesota), Jamaal Williams (New Mexico), Jason McCoy (Houston), JaQuan Hart (Iowa) and Levar Seals (DePaul).

       MORE: Matt Carroll has 8 in-homes [Insider's Report]

    > SEPTEMBER 6, 2000

  • The Journal and Courier has an update on Purdue's pursuit of two Indiana stars...Shyra Ely and Jacqueline Batteast.

       MORE: Star duo consider Purdue [Journal and Courier]

  • According to Lavar Seals, Purdue is asking about a home visit with the 6-foot-4 shooting guard from Providence-St. Mel. Here's more, in his own words...

       MORE: Player Journal: Lavar Seals [High School Elite]

    We are also hearing that Purdue is talking to California 6-foot-5 small forward Jamaal Williams about setting up a home visit.

    > SEPTEMBER 3, 2000

  • If you listen to the Albuquerque media, they are fairly confident Clovis (NM) center Cisti Greenwalt will be a University of New Mexico Lady Lobo soon. This article talks about Cisti's friendship with current Lobo Jordan Adams and San Diego (CA) senior Alexis Tate, who visited New Mexico on Friday.

       MORE: All-American likes New Mexico [Albuquerque Journal]

    > SEPTEMBER 2, 2000

  • St. Louis Chaminade forward David Lee has verbally committed to the University of Florida.

    > August 30, 2000

  • The Purdue coaches will be making a home visit with Texas small forward Jason McCoy on September 12. He's a "not so small" small forward at 6-foot-9 and 175-pounds. Purdue is one of 11 schools currently scheduled to visit McCoy next month.

       MORE: McCoy sets up visits [Rivals100Hoops]

  • Minneapolis DeLaSalle's Alan Anderson will be making an official visit to Minnesota on September 29 and 30.

  • Former Indianapolis Star sports writer Bill Hodge thinks 6-foot-10 2001 center Nathan Loehrke of Mattawan (MI) is close to a commitment to Northwestern. And there may be nothing more than a hunch behind it, but FastBreak Recruiting thinks 2001 center Chris Jackson will eventually choose Purdue.

  • Gary Westside's 6-foot-9 Chris Hunter is featured among a list of the top big men in the deep class of 2002 by High Major Hoops.

       MORE: Deep class for big men [High Major Hoops]

  • The University of Michigan has landed a verbal commitment from 2001 6-foot-6 swingman Lester Abrams of Pontiac (MI). This could very much influence the decision of 6-foot-5 JaQuan Hart, and on a smaller scale 6-foot-7 combo forward Andre Patterson. Abrams should work himself into a nice bunch of minutes for Michigan, which would have Hart sharing time. Hart unofficially visited Michigan last Thursday to discuss his academic progress. Two days later, Abrams verballed to UM. More on Hart's academics (he's close) from Tobie Smith...

       MORE: Hart in Ann Arbor [The Wolverine]

  • And lastly...Purdue's thin frontline could soon be getting some help from an old friend...

    > August 29, 2000

  • Congratulations to the Purdue women's basketball family, as we welcome the birth of Kristy and Kelly Curry's first born...Kelsey Ann Curry! Kelsey Ann was born on August 28 at 4:15pm, weighing 8 pounds and 12 ounces. Witnesses say she is already a good dribbler. Sorry, couldn't help myself...

       MORE: Coaches welcome baby Boilermaker [Exponent]

       MORE: Small forward born to Currys [BoilerStation]

  • Those in Chicago planning on scouting trips to Whitney Young to check out Najeeb Echols better highlight a new route on the map. Echols has transferred to Chicago Leo, and will be out of the Chicago Public League and into the Chicago Catholic League. This move will have an impact on his recruiting, as Illinois and Missouri are now said to be leaders. According to Roy and Harv Schmidt, recruiting direction and who would control it were factors in the move.

       MORE: Echols transfers [All-Star Report]

    > August 28, 2000

  • Some new visit info on 6-foot-5 forward Jamaal Williams on Dave Telep's site. Telep mentions Purdue has contacted Williams about setting up a visit, but has yet to offer. In the meantime, Williams already has seven in-homes scheduled.

       MORE: Williams stays busy [Rivals100Hoops]

  • Kevin Stallings Update: Vanderbilt has landed a verbal from class of 2002 point guard Mario Moore of Antioch HS (TN). Moore averaged 15 points per game as a sophomore for 30-5 Antioch. Stallings is also hot after two of Moore's AAU teammates, including center David Harrison, who will be visiting with Stallings in his home on the 18th of September. Duke is also after the 7-foot-0 240-pound center, so landing him would definitely make a strong statement on Stallings recruiting abilities.

       MORE: Moore commits [VandyMania]

    > August 27, 2000

  • Purdue, Iowa and Iowa State are still looking at Chicago power forward Kelly Whitney from Chicago Marshall, but academics are a concern. So much so that Purdue wants to see Whitney's academic performance before thinking about offering. According to Russ Blake, Indiana State, Siena, Bradley and St. Joseph's already have offered.

       MORE: Offers for Whitney [Insider's Report]

    > August 26, 2000

  • Habersham Central HS power forward Ricky Sadler has reduced his list to five, a list that includes Eastern Kentucky, Clemson, Virginia Tech, Penn State and Purdue. Sadler, at 6-foot-8 and 215-pounds, averaged 15 points and nine rebounds last season as a junior. For a list of his home visits, check out Russ' update on Insider's Report...

       MORE: Sadler down to five [Insider's Report]

    > August 25, 2000

  • The player profile is together for 6-foot-8 power forward Sam Hoskins.

       MORE: Sam Hoskin profile [MrHoops]

  • New Mexico has home visits set up with a couple Purdue prospects next month. The Lobos will be visiting the homes of Matt Carroll (9/10) and 6-foot-5 swingman Jamaal Williams (9/7). Williams -- who lists Purdue along with Kansas, UCLA, New Mexico, Syracuse, Florida State, Villanova, Georgia Tech, and Saint Louis -- is a top target of New Mexico and has the honor of being their first home visit.

  • A couple of scholarship issues in the news today. The rumor had been flying around since Sunday, but today the Athletic Department verified the rumor. Returning 6-foot-9 sophomore power forward Adam Wetzel will be ineligible to play for the first semester of the upcoming season. While his GPA is reportedly fine, Wetzel fell short of the required 24 credit hours he needed his freshman year to remain eligible. He plans on rejoining the team this winter. Also in the news, a report that walkons Travis Best and Willie Deane have been awarded scholarships for the 2000-2001 season.

       MORE: Lack of hours benches Wetzel [BoilerStation]
       MORE: Keady rewards walkon guards [BoilerStation]

    > August 23, 2000

  • We've mentioned the name Sam Hoskin on this page a few times before. We heard Keady scouted the 6-foot-8 245-pound big man this summer, and have heard Purdue pop up on his list. Now, his high school coach says Purdue is one of eight schools to have offered him a scholarship. Hoskin, a power forward from Schoolcraft C.C. in Michigan, transferred from Eastern Kentucky after a coaching change. If Hoskin can finish his degree this upcoming year, he will have two years of eligibility remaining at a Division I program.

       MORE: Hoskin has offers [JuCo Junction]

  • Pulling double duty at his own site of JuCo Junction and Insider's Report, Russ Blake not only brings us the news about Hoskin above, but also emailed news that Purdue has made the final six on the list of Houston Milby HS (TX) small forward Jason McCoy. As a junior, McCoy averaged 14 points, eight rebounds, four steals, five blocks and three assists. His final six consists of Purdue, Virginia Tech, Rutgers, Colorado State, Tulane and South Florida.

       MORE: McCoy has top six [Insider's Report]

  • Insider's Report also talked to the guardian of senior center Ousmane Cisse of Saint Jude Education Institute of Montgomery, AL to find the Boilers making an in-home visit with the highly skilled shotblocker. Cisse has impressed everyone on the summer circuit this year, sending him into the top ten in his class. With fellow top ten centers Eddy Curry and Tyson Chandler still likely to go straight to the NBA, Cisse is probably the top center likely to go to college. The kid can really run the floor. On offense, he will try to dunk on his opponent 90-percent of the time. His long arms make it almost improbably to get a shot off on him in the paint. He also doesn't get baited off his feet too often. He's got some flash too, showing occassionally he is more than a dunking and blocking machine. At 6'10, 240-pounds and a 9-foot-plus reach, he's the most talented center Purdue has been involved with in years. Cisse ranks 9th in his class according to Prep Stars. Purdue is one of 12 schools Cisse's guardian thinks will visit his home in September.

       MORE: Cisse update [Insider's Report]

    > August 21, 2000

  • Sources say 6-foot-0 rising senior forward T'nae Thiel of Canyon High (TX) along with her rising junior sister Teagan, will be moving out of the Canyon school district and will end up at Weatherford if the state athletic association allows them to play. A major reason for the move is the divorce of their parents. T'nae's mother has a sister in the Weatherford school district. The Canyon athletic department has confirmed the two have left Canyon. T'nae led Canyon with 17 points per game last year to a 35-2 record.

    There are also unconfirmed reports that 6-foot-3 center Debbie Merrill of Cumberland City (TN) will be moving to a school in Ohio. Merrill is a high Division I prospect ranked most recently as the 31st best prospect in the class of 2001 by Women's Basketball Journal.

  • Dave Telep is reporting that Will Caudle, the 6-foot-9 power forward from Warren Central (Indianapolis), has given a verbal commitment to Xavier.

       MORE: Caudle makes commitment [Rivals100Hoops]

    > August 20, 2000

  • A hot topic for recruiting over the next year will be the discussions and actions coming from the recently formed NCAA 16-member Basketball Issues Committee. A new article from ESPN's Andy Katz talks a little about the construction of the committee, designed to include a variety of voices from current college coaches to student-athlete repesentatives. While the early view saw summer basketball as a large threat to the NCAA, the current view does not look to eliminate it. One problem discussed is how coaches skirt the rules on phone calls to recruits by using "house" phones, untraceable cell phones, pay phones and the phones of other people. Some coaches have gotten into the habit of phoning prospects after each summer basketball game, which violates the "one phone call per week" limit set by the NCAA. The ghestapo-like suggestion made by one coach of planting NCAA people in hotels is an alarming statement.

       MORE: Player contact key issue [ESPN]

  • The Prospect Rankings page has been updated, adding new ranking lists from OnCourt Indiana, Prep Hoops and PrepStars. We also have an early look from Prep Hoops at the rankings for the class of 2004.

       MORE: Prospect Rankings [MrHoops]

    > August 19, 2000

  • Purdue has extended the contract of head coach Kristy Curry through the 2004-2005 season.

       MORE: Purdue extends Curry's contract [Journal and Courier]

    > August 18, 2000

  • A couple of updates on Peoria Central's Marcellus Sommerville and Whitney Young's Najeeb Echols. While Purdue isn't mentioned in the article on Echols, Sommerville is said to have a scholarship offer from Purdue and Michigan State.

       MORE: Sommerville update [All-Star Report]
       MORE: Najeeb Echols update [All-Star Report]

  • Tobie Smith has Andre Patterson close to a decision, and he will pick from a list including Michigan, UCLA, Kentucky, Kansas, and North Carolina.

       MORE: Patterson to decide [The Wolverine]

    > August 16, 2000

  • A wealth of junior college information in an article on the ESPN site, with mentions of Keady, Darmetreis Kilgore, Sam Hoskin, former East Chicago forward Carlton Baker, and former Lafayette Central Catholic forward Eric Washington. The guys from Recruiting USA provide scouting on the players from last month's Jerry Mullen's All-Star Review. The camp featured junior college players, and Gene Keady was said to be "paying special attention" to his game. Keady has also been seen scouting Hoskins this summer.

       MORE: Strong crop at Mullen Camp [ESPN]

    > AUGUST 15, 2000

  • Big Ten Update: Two top Pennsylvania guards have verballed to Penn State, and immediately placed Penn State as having one of the top classes so far for the Class of 2001. Penn State has landed ASGR's No.11 and No. 52 players in 5-foot-11 wing guard Tanisha Wright and 5-foot-8 point guard Jess Strom.

  • This is the closest you will ever get to having Carolyn Peck in Playboy magazine. Peck has been named as one of the "hottest" women in the WNBA by Playboy. Forget being one of the "hottest" women in the WNBA. We can't wait until she is named the "hottest" coach in the NBA, and the honor doesn't refer to her appearance! The link is not included due to nude graphics on the top banner of the page featuring Peck...who is fully clothed.

  • It wasn't the first time the Waleskowski family had been on the Purdue campus. AAU tournaments brought them to campus before. Interest from the Purdue coaches throughout the summer brought them back on Sunday, this time inside the offices of the coaching staff for an unofficial visit.

       MORE: Waleskowskis impressed with return visit [MrHoops Story]

    > August 13, 2000

  • Marcellus Sommerville, a 6-foot-6 small forward from Peoria Central, continues to show interest in Purdue. A report says Sommerville will look to stay close to home, and schools still on his list include (from the closest to Peoria to the most distant) Bradley, Illinois, Purdue and Valparaiso. Illinois and Purdue are in the same boat with 6-foot-6 players from Illinois, as both Najeeb Echols and Sommerville list the schools. Echols visited the Illini on Saturday.

       MORE: Sommerville looks close to home [High Major Hoops]

  • We contacted a Purdue alum in Lubbock yesterday who has recently become one of Erica Valek's biggest fans. Here's what he had to say about one of Purdue's newest additions..."I attended a farewell gathering for Erika Valek, before she left for Purdue on Saturday morning. I had been following her via the local media ever since I heard that Purdue recruited her over Texas Tech. A few months ago I mailed her an issue of GBI that featured the women's basketball program. She got back to me with a nice letter, offering to meet. This evening I was able to spend a little time getting to know her and her family, as well as some local family friends. Darn, I forgot to notice if her friends had satellite because they are now going to be Purdue fans - satellite TV would be very useful to Purdue fans in Big-12 country. Anyway, Erika is a very nice young lady, and I sense she has the type of personality that brings people together. We know about her ability on the court, but perhaps she'll have the right talent off the court to be a great addition to, and a force for unity on, the women's team. Her mother and father are relocating to near Indianapolis (temporarily in Zionsville with some relatives), where her Dad will be looking for work. I think she said he was a tennis pro. Erika has 2 sisters, one that looks a few years younger, and a new four month old. Just a very nice family. I got my picture taken with them, being one of the few Purdue grads in town. She was wearing a Purdue shirt at the gathering (good sign!). One day, years from now, when she's playing pro I'm sure I'll enjoy looking at that picture from time to time.

    Erika is good friends with Landon Johnson (same high school), so this will help her transition to Purdue. I know we're all hoping Landon's back stays healthy. Perhaps this Lubbock TX duo will be making some major impacts at Purdue over the next four years. I wish Erika and her family a safe trip - this is a big move for them."


    > August 12, 2000

  • A newspaper report is stating UCONN may be backing off New York's 5-foot-10 Clare Droesch, but goes on to state she will "probably decide between Notre Dame and Boston College."

       MORE: No need to stop looking [Hartford Courant]

  • Incoming freshman Erica Valek is preparing to come to Lafayette, and she will be bringing her family with her. In a Lubbock newspaper article, Valek stated her parents would be trying to move to Indianapolis.

       MORE: Valek packing for Purdue [Lubbock Online]

  • High Major Hoops has an update on JaQuan Hart, who has nice things to say about his visit to Purdue. On Purdue, Hart said "I kind of liked that visit even better [than a recent visit to Iowa] and their coaching staff was excellent too, that was the best thing about it."

       MORE: Hart continues to rave about visit [High Major Hoops]

    > August 11, 2000

  • Erica Valek had 12 points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals as her North squad beat the South squad 84-78 in the Texas Girls Coaching Association Division II All-Star game. Here is a link to a summary of last month's game...

       MORE: Division II game has Tech flavor [Lubbock Online]

    > August 10, 2000

  • Insider's Report has an update on 2001 center Nate Loehrke. The 6-foot-10, 240-pound center from Mattawan (MI) has a new list of offers, and Purdue remains listed as a consideration. Loehrke averaged 16 points and eight rebounds as a junior.

       MORE: Loehrke revises list [Insider's Report]

  • The following is a list of links to rankings featuring some known Purdue prospects...

       MORE: JaQuan Hart #3 in Michigan [Midwest Hoops]
       MORE: Adam Waleskowski #7 in Ohio [Midwest Hoops]
       MORE: 2001 point guards - Brandon McKnight #35 [Nicholas Scouting]
       MORE: 2001 shooting guards - Alan Anderson #2, JaQuan Hart #5, LeVar Seals #26 [Nicholas Scouting]
       MORE: 2001 small forwards - Andre Patterson #5, Marcellus Sommerville #25, Matt Carroll #29, Josh Pace #35 [Nicholas Scouting]
       MORE: 2001 power forwards - Will Caudle #22, Adam Waleskowski #43, Kelly Whitney #44 [Nicholas Scouting]
       MORE: 2001 centers - Chris Jackson #20, Nathan Loerhke #34 [Nicholas Scouting]

  • Purdue is currently listed by the still wide open Najeeb Echols, a 6-foot-7 225-pound 2001 forward/guard from Chicago Young. Echols, who jumped to #10 in Bob Gibbons' post-summer rankings, can play multiple positions from point to power forward. Echols plans to sign in November. The complete story from the Sun-Times back on August 6th...

       MORE: Young's Echols shows complete game [Chicago Sun-Times]

  • Big Ten Update: It did not take long for Wisconsin to gain some relief for the recent loss of small forward Julian Swartz for the 2000-2001 season. The Badgers received a verbal commitment from Nampa (ID) guard Ricky Bower. Bower will be eligible to play the 2000-2001 season, after recently returning from a two-year Mormon mission in Poland. He spent one season in junior college prior to the mission, and will have three years of eligibility remaining at Wisconsin. Swartz, citing personal reasons for his temporary departure, plans to return to the program for the 2001-2002 season.

       MORE: More details on Bower [Madison Capital Times]

  • In our last installment of point/counter point for the summer, Steve and Capri depart from a Lady Boiler topic to address a larger issue. As women's basketball grows in popularity, it will find itself facing matters that up to this point have only concerned men. We take sides on one such topic, players leaving college before they have used up their eligibility.

       MORE: Point/Counterpoint IV [MrHoops]

  • A nice article in the Dayton Daily on Ohio United, the Ohio-based 18-under AAU squad featuring Purdue signee Beth Jones and prospect Tiffanie Guthrie. The link will not be good for long...

       MORE: Ohio United team has chemistry [Daily Dayton]

    Here is Ohio United's National Championship roster for this past summer (college commitments in parenthesis)...
  • Nancy Bowden, 2000, Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy, (Butler)
  • Colleen Day, 2000, Cleveland Holy Name HS, (Miami of Ohio)
  • Tiffanie Guthrie, 2001, Trotwood-Madison HS, (Undecided)
  • Quanita Hailey, 2001, Cincinnati Colerain HS, (Undecided)
  • Beth Jones, 2000, Mason HS, (Purdue)
  • Melanie Kozlowski, 2000, Cleveland Holy Name HS, (Miami of Ohio)
  • Kim Lancaster, 2000, Princeton HS, (Miami of Ohio)
  • Nicole Motto, 2000, Oakwood HS, (Indiana)
  • Stephanie Musser, 2001, Miamisburg HS, (Undecided)
  • Jackie Richardson, 2000, Bishop Hartley HS, (Towson State)
  • Geri Woessner, 2000, Oakwood HS, (Wittenberg University)
  • Brittany Young, 2000, Pickerington, (Cincinnati)

    > August 9, 2000

  • Big Ten Women's Update: A key Illini reserve has transferred to Iowa. Point guard Kristi Faulkner, who averaged 5.1 points off the bench for the Illini last year, has transferred to Iowa. Faulkner is a former all-Illinois high school player who was also named a Big Ten Player of the Week last season.

  • The Wolverine has an update on 2001 guard JaQuan Hart, who now says he is likely to make an announcement sometime in September. The plan is to take some official visits after school starts and get the decision out of the way. Coaches will make home visits in September. Purdue is among his top six of Michigan, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Iowa, Purdue, and Marquette. Hart tells the Wolverine he has no favorite.

    In the same article, also pay some attention to the blurb on Detroit power forward Sam Hoskins. Keady has been spotted scouting this BIG man this summer. Although Purdue isn't listed in this article, Purdue has been mentioned in other articles as a potential destination.

       MORE: JaQuan Hart speaks [The Wolverine]

  • Levar Seals to Siena, or not? A new report says Providence St. Mel off-guard Levar Seals has not yet made a commitment to Siena, as has been reported on many sites. Purdue is not listed among the programs who have offered, but is listed as a program who has "recently" shown some interest. Purdue is aggressively recruiting a shooting guard, and this makes yet another top rated 2001 guard Purdue has targeted.

       MORE: Recruiting roundup [All Star Report]

    > August 8, 2000

  • According to Hoop Scoop online, JaQuan Hart has had such an outstanding impact on scouts that he will rise to #24 among his class when their new rankings are released. It is not surprising Andre Patterson has risen to #14, with all the coverage he has been given this summer. With all the newcomers looking at Patterson, it will be interesting to see how much he values schools like Michigan and Purdue, two schools who recruited him when he wasn't ranked anywhere near anyone's top 200.

    > August 7, 2000

  • A new article has good news and bad news about the recruiting of Cisti Greenwalt. Purdue has made her top five schools and she will make an official visit to the Boilers, However, her mother has never missed either a volleyball or basketball game she has played in and plans to continue attending her game in college. Purdue is far and away the longest distance form home among her top five. As a side note, the group of fans that showed up in force to cheer for Greenwalt is a club called the "Three-Point Club", a Lobo booster organization.

       MORE: UNM a finalist for Greenwalt [Albuquerque Journal]

    > August 6, 2000

  • A new profile is up for 5-foot-9 2001 shooting guard Clare Droesch.

       MORE: Profile: 2001 Clare Droesch [MrHoops]

  • Purdue is on the list of Minnesota's Alan Anderson, a 6-foot-4 shooting guard from DeLaSalle HS. More on this top-rated junior in his recently completed profile...

       MORE: Profile: 2001 Alan Anderson [MrHoops]

    > August 5, 2000

  • Wisconsin is now a school mentioned as a possible favorite, along with Purdue, for 6-foot-6 swing player JaQuan Hart according to a Madison newspaper report. "Hart, who looks like a young Reggie Miller, is a quick and agile scorer who also passes extremely well. Hart is being pursued by a number of Big Ten teams and Marquette. But Purdue and Wisconsin -- both of which have offered him a scholarship -- appear to be the leaders at the moment, according to sources." More on Wisconsin targets here...

       MORE: Bennett high on Fond du Lac guard [Capital Times]

  • Big Ten Update: Wisconsin has received a verbal from Washington Iowa shooting guard Stephanie Rich. The 5-foot-11 two-time Iowa Class 3A player of the year averaged 22.4 points, 7.7 rebounds, 5.3 steals and 4.1 assists per game as a junior last season. She also carries a 3.4 GPA and will major in business.

       MORE: Top Iowa player to Wisconsin [Capital Times]

    > August 4, 2000

  • Seward County CC wing forward Jason Robinson has signed with Buffalo.

       MORE: Seward star to MAC [JucoJunction]

  • Indianapolis Pike's Parnell Smith, a 6'6 forward, has been named one of the top rising sophomores at this summer's Five-Star camps by FastBreak. The author writes... At 6-6, all he needs is a little more development on the perimeter, but has good range and defends many different positions.

       MORE: Five-Star sophomores [FastBreak]

    > August 3, 2000

  • A list of the top 100 rising seniors has been released by MidwestHoops. Included among the elite of Purdue interest are Alan Anderson (6'6 SF, Minneapolis MN) at #25, Jaquan Hart (6'5 SG, Flint MI) at #31, Quemont Greer (6'6 SF, Milwaukee WI) at #60, Andre Patterson (6'7 PF/SF, Los Angeles CA) and Matt Carroll (6'8 PF/SF, Aurora CO).

       MORE: MidwestHoops Top 100 Seniors [MidwestHoops]

    > August 2, 2000

  • Kristy Curry talks to Women's Basketball Journal about her 2000-2001 squad...

       MORE: Purdue Looks Ahead [WBJ]

    > July 31, 2000

  • Coach Keady was a featured guest on ESPN's Outside the Lines on Sunday. Also joined by the Chairman of the SEC Conference Roy Kramer and former Nike and current Adidas Camp organizer Sonny Vaccaro, the program discussed changes in summer recruiting. As the transcript shows, Keady seems to favor a shorter two-week recruiting window in the summer, as well as a new recruiting window in the spring. The NCAA is recommending the gradual elimination of the summer recruiting window in exchange for more evaluation time given during the high school basketball season.

       MORE: Big Business of Summer Basketball [ESPN]

  • Here's a brief mention of Chris Jackson, telling us little more than what we already know...

       MORE: News from Five-Star [Rivals100Hoops]

  • "Anyone who wants the front row, go ahead," says Curry, who is eight months pregnant. "I need the back row so I have this bar as back support." This quote is from an article by Newsday discussing the summer camps and how the coaches view their roles at the camps. Kristy Curry was one of many coaches discussed, as well as a few players. One player who is still considering Purdue, 5-foot-10 2001 shooter Clare Droesch from Christ the King HS (NY), is featured as one of the players the reporter followed during the camp. Droesch has UCONN and Boston College way out in front, but also lists Purdue, Notre Dame and George Washington. Droesch, in another interview recently with a UCONN bias, said it would be "awesome" "...to win a fourth title and then go to UConn and win a national championship...".

       MORE: Catching Up With the Boys [Newsday]

    More links and info on Clare Droesch...
       
  • St Peter's to get early test [Staten Island Live]    
  • CTK denies St. Peter's again [Staten Island Live]    
  • St. Francis Summer Classic [Long Island Wave]    
  • Now fems take center stage [Long Island Wave]    
  • Parity rules as playoffs near [Long Island Wave]    
  • A sterling effort produces prestigious victory [NJ Online]

  • The AAU national website has a team photo up for the 18-under national champs, Ohio United. As we reported last week, prospect Tiffanie Guthrie was named the MVP of the team. She's #22 in the photo. Purdue fans may also recognize #30 as incoming freshman Beth Jones.

       MORE: Ohio United Team Photo [AAU]


  • A New London Connecticut newspaper is reporting 6'6 2001 center Gillian Goring has narrowed her list to Tennessee, UCONN, Georgia and Penn State.

       MORE: Being too good can be bad [New London Day]


    > July 26, 2000

  • Assistant coach Pam Stackhouse has the recruiting assignment of following Shyra Ely around this week. Yesterday, Stackhouse watched Ely at the United States Junior National Championship Tournament at American University. Shanna Zolman with Indiana Force AAU is also playing in the same tournament. Although undefeated, Ely's The Family AAU program will go no further in the USJN tournament. Today the team will hop a plane for Orlando (FL) to compete in the AAU Junior Olympics to be held July 27th through August 4th.

  • BIG TEN UPDATE: Indiana University has received a verbal from Highland (IN) rising senior Jenny DeMuth. DeMuth, the 2000 Times Player of the Year and Junior All-Star, averaged 23.1 points and 10.5 rebounds last season. New head coach Kathi Bennett was key to her signing, as was the fact both parents and her brother all attended Indiana.

       MORE: DeMuth decides on IU [NW Times]

    More news from the Pitt 3 session of the Five Star Camp. Several Indiana players were named to one of three camp all-star teams, including recognizable names Parnell Smith and Kristof Kendrick.

       MORE: Pitt 3 All-Stars [Five-Star]

  • 2002 Gary West 6-foot-9 center Chris Hunter was named the 20th best undeclassmen at the recently concluded Nike Peach Jam AAU tournament. Hunter's team, Bloomington Red, finished the tournament with a 2-3 record.

       MORE: Peach Jam Underclassmen [FastBreak]

  • The list for 2001 center prospect Adam Waleskowski continues to grow in length and quality. Now listed are Xavier, Dayton, Tennessee, Syracuse, Clemson, Purdue, Penn St., Georgia Tech, and Wake Forrest. The 6-foot-8 forward has also mentioned a possible visit to Purdue soon.

       MORE: Waleskowski Moves Up [MidwestHoops]

    > July 24, 2000

  • Tyler Best is turning some heads at the Five-Star Camp, where one report says..."Tyler Best proved why some call him the best rising Junior in the state of Indiana. Being selected number one in the NBA draft at 6-9 he has the ability to play 2 or 3 different positions." Also at the Pitt 3 camp with Best is Indianapolis Pike's 6'6 sophomore Parnell Smith and Marion's 6'8 junior Kevin Cates.

       MORE: Pitt 3 Highlights [Five-Star]

  • The New Jersey Herald News has an article on prospect Nicole Louden and her experiences at the Nike Camp last week. The article also makes some observations about the corporate influence Nike hopes to make on these rising stars.

       MORE: Louden Follows Trail to Div. I [Herald News]

    > July 23, 2000

  • The Family, an Indiana AAU program featuring prospect Jacqueline Batteast, finished second at the recently completed USJN 17-under tournament in Las Vegas. Here's details on the winner, plus a look at the finals of the 17-under AAU national tournament and the naming of the 17-under AAU all-americans.

    17-under Tournaments Conclude [MrHoops]

  • Several Boiler prospects and one signee have been named AAU All-Americans. Prospect Tiffanie Guthrie adds the title of AAU All-American and 18-under tournament MVP.

    Guthrie named 18-under MVP [MrHoops]

  • Hickory Husker has another game report on Team Indiana's championship run at the 200 Wendy's Classic. Some nice words about Brett Buscher and Austin Parkinson. [Hickory Husker]

    The Wendy's Classic championship game between Team Indiana and Team Ohio will be rebroadcast regionally on FoxSports Midwest on July 29th at 8:00pm (ET). The consolation game between Team Illinois and Team Michigan precludes the championship game, and broadcasts at 6pm. [FoxSports Schedule]

    > July 22, 2000

  • Team Indiana rolled to the title of this year's Wendy's Classic by defeating Team Ohio 97-85. [Active Dayton]

    > July 21, 2000

  • Former Purdue assistant coach Brock Touloukian (Purdue 86-87) has been named the new Athletic Director for West Lafayette High. Touloukian leaves his position as Athletic Director at Peru High. Word also has Brock's nephew, BJ Touloukian, following in his uncle's Purdue footsteps. After talking with Coach Keady a few weeks ago, BJ plans to be a basketball manager for the Boilers.

  • Anyone thinking Chris Thomas will look around for another school now that Matt Doherty has jumped to the ACC should read this article... [McDonald's AA]

  • The Sun-Times' Taylor Bell has an update on the academic progress of most of the top, signed recruits out of the Chicago area. [Chicago Sun-Times]

  • Wawasee's Shanna Zolman has been named as a 2000 AAU All-American by AAU national tournament officials. For a complete list of honorees, go here... [All-Americans]

  • Ohio wing Tiffanie Guthrie will make a decision by the end of the month or in early August, and will sit down after the conclusion of the AAU Nationals to narrow her choices. Currently, Purdue, Penn State, Rutgers, UCONN, Syracuse, UCLA, Arizona, Butler, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Dayton all have a shot. She has already unofficially visited a few schools, including Dayton, Ohio State, Miami of Ohio and Kentucky. Tiffanie plans to study sports medicine in college.

    > July 20, 2000

  • Team Indiana defeated Team Illinois in the Wendy's Classic on Thursday, 96-88. A forum regular was at the game and has this report... [Forum - Joe Z]

    > July 19, 2000

  • If we look back about a month ago, Russ Blake did a story on Seward County CC small forward Jason Robinson, who told of his strong interest in Purdue. At the time, Robinson's father had said Purdue told them they didn't have a scholarship to offer. Fast forward to the summer evaluation period, and we now see Purdue out of the picture and Robinson looking at Buffalo, Providence, Louisiana Tech and Washington State. [Juco Junction]

  • The Journal and Courier broke the news early this morning that Purdue not only received a visit from Cisti Greenwalt last Friday, but also from 5-foot-11 forward Tia Battle. And another 5-foot-11 player, Angelina Williams, is also scheduled to stop by campus. A recommendation from friend Erica Valek convinced Greenwalt to visit while in the neighborhood. [Journal and Courier]

    > July 18, 2000

  • MrHoops writers combine their notes and offer scouting reports for players who grabbed attention at the 2000 Nike Girls All-American Camp. Below is a series of stories featuring scouting reports, organized by jersey number.
  • Nike Player Scouting Reports: Part I [MrHoops]
  • Nike Player Scouting Reports: Part II [MrHoops]
  • Nike Player Scouting Reports: Part III [MrHoops]

  • I'd be wary of the source, but there is a new report on Andre Patterson. The author, Kurt O'Neill has been known to be way off before (actually guaranteeing Jeffries would choose the ACC). Plus the newest update says Michigan State has shown the most interest in Patterson, which completely contradicts everything we know and have read about his recruitment. I can only assume he meant Michigan instead of Michigan State, since he has been to Ann Arbor many times and has said Michigan is among the top two. Anyway, here is the article... [ACC Recruiting]

    > July 17, 2000

  • New profile up for 2001 center prospect Cisti Greenwalt of Clovis HS (NM), complete with story links and our scouting report from the Nike Camp. [Greenwalt profile]

  • The 2000 Nike All-American Camp has opened in Indianapolis. We will have some camp reports floating in over the next few days. In the meantime, this gives you a taste of what the camp is all about. [MrHoops - Bob Richards]

  • I have uploaded some photos of players of interest from the Nike Camp. [Nike photos]

  • Shyra Ely and T'Nae Thiel both failed to make the cut to twelve for the USA Junior Qualifying team in Colorado Springs. [MrHoops - Sarah Stevens]

  • Boiler assistant Todd Foster was headed over to the Morris Shoutout, a tournament featuring Illinois high school teams. The recently concluded tournament crowned Aurora West High as this year's champ over heavy favorite Whitney Young. In third place was Peoria Central, the high school team of 6-foot-5 wing forward Marcellus Sommerville, who is still showing interest in Purdue, along with Michigan State, Illinois, Wisconsin and UNC-Charlotte. [All-Star Report]

  • We have added a couple of photos from the Hoosier Shootout of Tyler Best and Russell Trudeau. I have a few more somewhere from the tournament, if I can only manage to find them. [Photos]

    > July 16, 2000

  • To further his goals to move away from the basket, it looks as if Andre Patterson is shopping around for a California program with an established big man already on the roster. [CNNSI]

  • Over on the KentuckyWildcats.net site, our friend Adam Nicholas along with Marc Maggard have put thier rankings of some of the players by position at Nike. Among those known to have interest in Purdue, or visa-versa, include longshots Dennis Coutee (#7 2001 shooting guard), David Lee (#2 2001 power forward), Isaiah Fox (#8 2001 center) and Jason Maxiell (#10 2001 power forward), along with Adam Waleskowski (#17 2001 power forward), Nathan Loherke (#11 2001 center) and Michael Thompson (#2 2002 center). [KentuckyWildcats.net]

  • We have summarized a few of the scouting reports we made at Nike last week into a camp update. We spent quite a bit of time concentrating on big men and forwards. [MrHoops Story]

  • All Star Girls Report has their top 50 players in the class of 2001 on their site. Purdue prospect Shyra Ely is ranked as the nation's top talent.
  • ASGR 2001 rankings: 1-10 [WBJ]
  • ASGR 2001 rankings: 10-19 [WBJ]
  • ASGR 2001 rankings: 20-29 [WBJ]
  • ASGR 2001 rankings: 30-39 [WBJ]
  • ASGR 2001 rankings: 40-50 [WBJ]

    > July 15, 2000

  • Purdue recruit Brandon McKnight led his team against a traveling team of collegiate signees with 19 points. Team Black won the game 111-94 over McKnight's Team Yellow. [South Bend Tribune]

  • Pac-West Hoops is reporting that Andre Patterson was close to a Wednesday verbal commitment to Michigan, but backed off and decided to wait for a while before making a decision. [Pac-West Hoops]

    The Wolverine also has a condensed version of what everyone has been saying about Patterson after the Nike Camp. [The Wolverine]

    > July 14, 2000

  • Today's Purdue Exponent has an article on the newest additions, via transfer, to the Boilermaker program. [Exponent]

    > July 13, 2000

  • Purdue is still in the race for 7-foot-0 center Chris Jackson from New Mexico. A recent update on Pac-West finds him favoring Stanford, Utah and the Boilers. [Pac-West Hoops]

    > July 12, 2000

  • You asked for it, you got it. Player profile pages are returning. The first is for California center Isaiah Fox. UCLA has a logjam of center recruits, but he is currently favoring them along with Arizona and other majors. [Isaiah Fox]

    > July 11, 2000

  • Indianapolis was the showcase for two events the opening weekend of the summer evaluation period. While one Purdue coach flew east, two stayed close to home to see, and be seen by, a few of the program's top recruiting targets. [MrHoops Story]

    > July 9, 2000

  • I have set up two pages to help track updates from the Nike and ABCD Camps this weekend. I will be updating the forum through the weekend, then adding stories to the recruiting page when I get back. [Nike Camp Updates] [ABCD Camp Updates]

    > July 8, 2000

  • 6-foot-5 center Sarah Kwasinski from Chicago Fenwick has given a verbal commitment to Northwestern.

    > July 5, 2000

  • With the Purdue coaches out on the road this summer, two positions are in the most need...small forward and center. [Journal and Courier]

  • New Mexico 2001 center Chris Jackson was spotted attending Rick Barnes' "elite" camp at the University of Texas.

  • We have just been forwarded the schedule for this year's Nike Camp. We will again be at Nike this year and will print some of our observations this weekend. [Nike Schedule]

    > July 4, 2000

  • Tobie Smith, who ran the old independent Michigan recruiting site, talked recently to both Jason Maxiell and JaQuan Hart. Tobie has heard both Purdue and Michigan called on Maxiell, but Maxiell told Tobie on Monday that only a handful of schools had made calls to him, in particular "Cincinnati, Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, South Florida, and that's about it." Maxiell went on to deny talking to Michigan. Another rumor was cleared up yesterday involving JaQuan Hart. Hart's AAU coach was said to have placed Ohio State as Hart's favorite at the moment. But in an interview with Tobie, Hart said it was untrue. He also said if he had a favorite right now it would be Purdue. That puts Purdue at the top of the list, at least for the moment, for two strong wing scorers, Hart and Darmetreis Kilgore. Kilgore has been offered a scholarship. [The Wolverine]

    > July 3, 2000

  • The scholarship page has been updated to add the incoming recruits as freshmen and the recent addition of Brandon McKnight. Speaking of scholarships, Louisville transfer Travis Best has been extended a scholarship for the 2000-01 season. His younger brother and Purdue prospect Tyler Best, a 6-foot-8 forward in the class of 2002, was also offered a scholarship in mid-May. [Scholarships]

  • Two new shots of class of 2001 recruit Brandon McKnight have been added. [Photos]

  • The scholarship page has been updated to add the incoming recruits as freshmen. [Scholarships]

  • A new shot of class of 2001 prospect Jacqueline Batteast has been added. [Photos]

    > July 2, 2000

  • Women's Basketball Journal has evaluated the top recruiting classes for the 2000-2001 season, and has named Kristy Curry and Purdue as having the top class in the nation. Purdue was voted ahead of second place UCONN, followed by Duke, Louisiana Tech and Rutgers. [WBJ]

  • The No.6 player in the nation has bailed out of the recruiting race and verballed to Duke. Six-foot-three forward Wynter Whitley from Newton County (GA) chose the Blue Devils out of a final four that also included Georgia, Virginia and North Carolina. Purdue started to not be mentioned on her list about two months ago, and it is no secret Purdue's priority continues to be Indianapolis' Shyra Ely. [WBJ]

  • Purdue received an unofficial visit from Michigan swing man JaQuan Hart this past week, where he got a chance to meet with the coaches and tour the facilities. A brief scouting report from FoxSports on Hart says the buzz is not all hype: "The hype was accurate; this guy can play. He's a very good athlete and has plenty of aggression; he went right at [7-foot center Tyson] Chandler. He can shoot the trey and is a strong finisher. No question he'll play somewhere in the Big Ten as he's capable of playing multiple positions." And he will likely stay in the Big Ten, choosing among leaders Purdue, Wisconsin, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State.

  • Purdue put in a call last week to the home of 6-foot-8 rising senior big forward Jason Maxiell of Carrollton, TX. We had a chance to see Maxiell a couple of times at Spiece, where it is obvious he is an athlete. At about 215 pounds, this kid can really move around the basket. His defense is a little stronger than his offense right now, and he thrives in the open court. Definitely a player who looks to be able to become a major player once his shooting develops. Beginning on June 21st, coaches could call a prospective student-athlete once during the final nine days of June. Now that July has started, coaches are allowed to call a prospect up to three times during the month, but no more than once in one week.


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