Earlier today another Purdue target made an announcement as to where he would head to college and once again Purdue couldn’t land the recruit.
Evan Battey, a three-star (per Rivals) power forward from California, announced that he would make an announcement at lunch time pertaining to what school he was committing to. When it came time for that decision the 6’7” forward announced that he would be heading to Colorado, joining four-star prospects D’shawn Schwartz and Tyler Bey.
“The choice is going to be Colorado. I feel like it was the right place for me. It was the best fit for me to play in the Pac-12 and play in front of my family,” Battey told Rivals.
Of course that does make sense as Battey is a California native and playing in the Pac-12 would keep him closer to home in comparison to the Big Ten, as well as allow him to play several games a year in his home state. The decision results in Colorado climbing the recruiting rankings, currently holding Rivals tenth best recruiting class for 2017.
The news is unfortunate for Purdue as the recruit was just on campus this past weekend, making a visit to Purdue after checking out Miami (Fl.) and Colorado the previous two weekends. The power forward is a bit undersized currently at 6’7”, but he posts a versatile game and could have been a key addition as Isaac Haas and Vince Edwards will be seniors next season and Caleb Swanigan could be heading to the NBA next summer, leaving the frontcourt thin and in need of some recruits from the 2017 class.
Battey joins a laundry list of touted prospects that have landed elsewhere, with players like Jaren Jackson Jr. (Michigan State), Malik Williams (Louisville) and Theo John (Marquette) all choosing schools other than Purdue. That of course leaves Painter’s squad with zero verbal commits for 2017, following a thin 2016 recruiting class that included only four-star guard Carsen Edwards.
The Boilermakers still have plenty of targets left on their board for 2017 including three-star center Sterling Manley and unranked power forward Matt Haarms, both of which were on campus this past weekend. Of course competition is ramping up for Manley, who now holds offers from North Carolina, Missouri, West Virginia and Xavier, while Haarms holds offers from Vanderbilt, Colorado and Washington State.
Sooner or later Matt Painter is going to need to start landing some recruits. For whatever reason after the Baby Boilers and his initial success at Purdue, recruiting started to stagnate. After a revival of sorts the past few years, based on strong recruiting classes, Purdue has once again struggled to win recruiting battles with other top schools. If the Boilermakers want to maintain success in the Big Ten this needs to change in the near future.
Fortunately for Purdue fans there are still plenty of options left for Painter to bring in to West Lafayette.