Scrimmages bring big men to campus
Purdue's scrimmage on Saturday brought to campus two big men from the class of 2006.
Kurt Huelsman, a 6'9 center from St. Henry High in Ohio, unofficially visited campus with his parents. Sitting down in the bench area gave them a close view of what appears to be one of the most athletic Purdue teams in a few years.
As a sophomore, Huelsman was named Ohio Division III tournament MVP following an 11 point, 12 rebound performance to help St. Henry to a state championship. He also blocked three shots, and was 7-of-8 from the freethrow line. In the semifinal game, Huelsman had a game-high 17 points, plus added six boards and three blocked shots. It was St. Henry's fourth state title.
Huelsman averaged 10.4 points per game as a sophomore. He plays AAU on the same team as 6'4 shooting guard OJ Mayo, the top player nationally in the class of 2007, and 6'5 forward Bill Walker, also ranked as a top 10 player nationally in the class of 2007.
Huelsman's list includes home state programs Dayton, Bowling Green, Xavier, Ohio State, and Cincinnati, plus Big Ten programs Purdue and Michigan.
Pushing seven-foot, Flint Michigan's Tom Herzog is a hard target to miss. He's generally rated as a top 10 center in the class of 2006, and is a triple-double threat in points, rebounds and blocked shots. His best game last year came in the state tournament, on a 23 point, 18 rebound and nine block performance. Some say his timing on the block is advanced for his age.
Herzog averaged 12 points and 7 rebounds as a sophomore, but was hitting for double-doubles consistently toward the end of the year. He's rated as a top 50 type player, and is on the list of about every Big Ten school including Illinois and Michigan.
What can Brown do for you?
Prep school forward Curtis Brown is making the rounds this fall, and has listed his final four schools as Georgia, Purdue, Illinois and Kentucky according to his high school coach. None, so far, have offered a scholarship.
Brown, a 6'9 210-pound forward from Mount Olive Prep in Marietta (GA), averaged 14 points, 11 rebounds and five blocked shots per game last season. He ended up in prep school after failing to get a big-time scholarship offer following his high school career.
Brown visited Kentucky unofficially for their Midnight Madness event last week. Right now Brown is more of a power forward until he gains some strength for center work. His prep school coach has ties to the Kentucky staff. If Brown schedules an official visit to Kentucky, it will mean Kentucky has offered (according to his coach). Indications are Brown will likely accept that offer.