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Purdue Men's Basketball Recruiting

Peter Ritzema

        Class of                 2000
        School                   Clarkston HS, MI
        Height and Weight        7'2  275lbs
        Position                 Center
        98-99 Ratings            #43 (ESPN)
                                 8th best center (ESPN)
        Academically Eligible    
        Status                   Cleveland State
        AAU team                 The Family (1999)

Current Player News

10-31-99...Peter Ritzema from Clarkston HS has verbally committed to play basketball at Cleveland State. WHile Ritzema was on campus for camps during the summer of 1999, Purdue recruiting interest in the 7'2 center has only been light.

9-27-99...Russ at Insider's has Ritzema considering three right now, but adds that he is still open. Ken Ritzema says currently Cleveland State, Detroit and Central Michigan are involved. Pete's father also says Pete may wait until the late period to sign if the right situation doesn't come along. This is always a smart move for big men, as many major programs go shopping in the late period to plug holes left from not signing the prospects they wanted during the early period. Centers with "potential" or otherwise classified as sleepers usually do very well waiting until the spring period.

9-01-99...A lot of buzz about this prospect right now. While reports on the Insider's Report call him a "project at the high Division I level", rankings on ESPN put him as the 8th best center recruit in the Class of 2000, and the #43 prospect at any position. Ritzema has had a busy summer playing for The Family AAU program, attending the Nike Peach Jam and Super Showcase tournaments, the NBA Players Association Camp, and has also attended a Gene Keady camp at Purdue. Insider's Report says although he possesses a "super attitude and always gives maximum effort", but also scouts him as being slow-footed and in need of conditioning. Insider's Report mentions Dayton, Xavier, Northwestern, Penn State, Purdue, Notre Dame, Marquette, Ball State, Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Miami of Ohio, Valparaiso and Pennsylvania as all being involved, while the Penn State site lists Xavier, Purdue and Penn State. His junior season was injury plagued, so good numbers from last year are unavailable.


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