Gibbons rates Purdue class at the top of the Big Ten
Recently interviewed by the Fort Wayne News Sentinel, recruiting analyst Bob Gibbons has Purdue and Indiana at the top of the Big Ten when it comes to recruiting the class of 2005.
"Their classes could rank 1-2 in the Big Ten," Gibbons said in an article linked below, republished by Knight Ridder media in the San Jose Mercury News.
Gibbons sees the prize of the class as Ohio's Korey Spates, who he has rated as a top 100 player. Gibbons also states he likes the talent of Spates over Indiana's choice at guard, Indianapolis' Deonta Vaughn.
The early signing period begins Wednesday, October 10th, and runs for one week. During that time, Purdue expects to receive letters of commitment from Spates, along with 6'3 guard/forward Nate Minnoy, 6'4 guard Marcus Green, and 6'3 shooter Chris Lutz.
Coach Keady cannot comment on the recruits until Purdue has received signed letters-of-intent from them. As has been the case with Keady in the past, he will delay commenting on any one of the players until he has received letters from all the players. All four are expected to sign during the early period.
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Nate Minnoy ranking
According to the Sporting News, Purdue recruit Nate Minnoy has been rated the nation's 24th-best shooting guard.
More 6'3 guards on the horizon
Purdue is looking just north and south for another 6'3 guard in the class of 2007. North Central's Eric Gordon, a 6'3 combo guard, rates at No. 17 nationally in the class of 2007. Ranked just above him at No. 23 is East Chicago's E'Twaun Moore. Moore is a versatile player similar to the multiple position abilities of Minnoy, and averaged 17 points and eight rebounds as a freshman.
A big guy for 2005 after all?
Another 2005 big man is mentioning a possible visit to Purdue. Brewster Academy's Cem Dinc (pronounced Jim Dench), a 6'10 240-pound high post power forward who originally was said to have committed to the University of Buffalo a couple weeks ago, but has since then said it was a mistake. The big man is getting attention from a host of schools, and Syracuse and UCLA have both invited him to be an "invited-walkon" next fall.
Dinc is mentioning interest in Clemson, East Carolina, Florida, Illinois, Purdue, Rhode Island, Southern Cal, St. Bonaventure, UCLA, Virginia Tech, and Villanova. He is a prep school teammate of Purdue recruit Chris Lutz, and sports a 3.5 gpa.