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Purdue Picks Up Another 2017 Commit

Aaron Wheeler, a 6’7” small forward, is the Boilers’ second member of the 2017 class.

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Matt Painter got off to a bit of a slow start when it came to earning commitments for 2017, but things are now starting to pick up. Despite having missed out a few of their top targets early on. Purdue started October off right by getting a 7’2” forward. Now, the Boilers have another frontcourt player in the pipeline. They nabbed their second verbal commitment early this morning.

Aaron Wheeler is a small forward from Connecticut. Wheeler is listed at 6’7” and 185 pounds. He currently plays for Brewster Academy and the Mass Rivals AAU team. Wheeler is a versatile wing who can score in a variety of ways and isn’t scared to handle the ball. In the small bit of film I’ve watched he seems to have good athleticism and offensive skills. However, don’t expect him to come in and be a Big Ten starter right away.

This signing is more about potential than current ability. Wheeler still has a little bit to go before he is a finished product, but it shouldn’t be too difficult for Matt Painter and company to polish him in a solid contributor. If Vince Edwards stays for his senior season at Purdue, Wheeler should take a lot of notes.

Wheeler is ranked as a 3-star recruit by 24/7 Sports and ESPN. He also received interest from Northwestern, Pittsburgh, and Temple before deciding on the Boilers.

Purdue now has two players in their 2017 class, but expect them to try and sign at least two more. One of their top targets is 4-star PG Nojel Eastern, who also has heavy interest from Michigan State. Other current targets include centers Jacob Epperson and Felipe Haase.