Over the last several years Purdue has been known to yield a dominating frontcourt, utilizing size as a key advantage in the Big Ten. As of late, A.J. Hammons, Caleb Swanigan and Isaac Haas have became household names when it comes to fans of the Big Ten. That being said, both Hammons and Swanigan have departed for the NBA and Isaac Haas is now entering his senior season, making center a key recruiting emphasis for 2018.
While the Boilers are bringing in three-star Matt Haarms, a 7’2” behemoth that should get some valuable experience this season, Purdue needed some additional firepower in the frontcourt for the future. And they got that today with the news of Trevion Williams verbally committing to Purdue.
After years of recruitment, I've decided to further my academic and athletic career at West Lafayette, Indiana-future Boilermaker!!!#Purdue pic.twitter.com/naknvCAUv2— Trevion Williams (@a1mighty_trey23) July 6, 2017
Trevion Williams is a four-star center for 2018 that is ranked by 247Sports as the 100th best player in his recruiting class. Even more notable, though, is that he’s currently listed as the fifth best center in the recruiting class. Purdue not only added another big to their lineup, but they landed one of the more prominent frontcourt options for 2018.
One of the things that helped Matt Painter and Purdue lure in Williams was the recent development and success of forward Caleb Swanigan.
“Thinking long term which place would put me in the best position to put me in the position to reach my dream of the NBA I thought (Purdue) was the best fit," Williams mentioned to Rivals.
Williams, who was reportedly down to either Purdue or Xavier, is a strong start to the Boilermakers 2018 recruiting class. While Williams is the first commit for Painter’s next recruiting class, Purdue still has plenty of highly touted options on the table as they work on filling out the rest of their recruiting class.