It may have raised an eyebrow when Purdue became Glynn Watson's first offer. It's not too often that Matt Painter extends an offer so early in the process, and Watson wasn't near blowing up in the recruiting world. Now, it's July before his junior year and the Boilermakers remain his only offer.
Still, this was a gamble worth making. Watch Watson play—as I did at the NY2LA Summer Jam this past weekend—and you'll see the flashes in his game that impress Painter. He's a talented point guard with a versatile game, and he'll only improve from here.
The point guard position is a top priority for the 2015 class and Purdue is in on a good one. The reason Painter jumped in so early is because he believed in Watson and didn't want to miss out. Watson appreciates the loyalty from the Boilermakers.
"It feels pretty good to have that; to see that they notice me first and see that I'm a good player," Watson said of Purdue.
There's more to come in Watson's recruitment, but the Boilermakers are sitting in a pretty position.
Heldt hearing from more
Purdue began to show interest in Matt Heldt fairly early, and now others are joining in. The 6-foot-10 forward is a strong scorer and skilled rebounder who's drawing plenty of recruiting interest. He currently holds offers from Wisconsin-Green Bay, Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Northern Illinois and Toledo. However, offers could be coming from Purdue, Colorado, Wisconsin and others.
Boilermaker associate head coach Jack Owens has done a great job keeping Heldt interested in Purdue, pushing the school's strong academic reputation. It's working.
"They're really pressing the academic part," Heldt said of Purdue. "If I go there, I wouldn't be sacrificing a good education to play on a good basketball team."
Schwartz is a name to watch
The name Cody Schwartz may be a new one to Purdue fans. The standout forward recently popped onto Purdue's recruiting board, with the coaches giving him a look in Milwaukee this weekend. Schwartz is a stretch-four forward who can step outside and shoot it and pull down rebounds inside.
Schwartz's recruitment is beginning to pick up, with interest from several Big Ten schools and many other high-majors. Creighton remains his only major-conference offer, but that's likely to change soon.
A note on the search for an assistant
As first reported here last week, Matt Painter will take his time in finding a new assistant to replace Micah Shrewsberry. A name I'm hearing for the job is Valparaiso's Roger Powell Jr., the former Illinois basketball guard. He has become a rising name in the industry and has plenty of ties in Purdue's battlegrounds.