It is not a secret that the Purdue Boilermakers will have a lot of production to replace from the previous few years with the senior class from a season ago now gone. Many people are thinking of this season as a type of bridge year with Carsen Edwards looking to take charge of this team and hope to lead them to a more impressive finish than many expect.
The 2019 season looks to be a promising one projecting forward, with Isaiah Thompson looking to fill in his brother P.J’s shoes at Purdue at the point guard position along with recently committed forward Mason Gillis joining the fold. Now, Matt Painter and his staff are looking to round out that freshman class with another top talent. Players like Keion Brooks Jr. from Fort Wayne are at the top of many Boilermakers fans wish lists. Brooks Jr. could certainly follow in the recent path of another Fort Wayne great, Caleb Swanigan, by attending Purdue University. Brooks has also been heavily recruited by schools such as Indiana, Kentucky and Michigan State, just to name a few.
There is another name finding its way to the top of Purdue fans minds, and that is Trayce Jackson-Davis, who on August 5th listed Purdue among his top six with Indiana, Michigan State, Iowa, UCLA and Wake Forest. The 6’9”, 230 pound center from Greenwood, Indiana would certainly have the potential to be the next great big man to call themselves a Boilermaker. It seems more likely at this point that Jackson-Davis will end up joining the Boilers biggest rival, the Indiana Hoosiers, but the hope still holds strong for many in Purdue country.
Those are, of course, the two biggest names that Purdue fans have their sights on for the 2019 recruiting class. There are a few names that are flying under the radar that Matt Painter has found his staff in pursuit of on the recruiting trail, however.
2019 four star prospect Armaan Franklin has now scheduled an official visit to Purdue for August 30th to September 1st, a week after his official visit to Indiana. Franklin is a combo guard from Cathedral in Indianapolis and at 6’4”, 190 pounds would add some really nice size and length to the Purdue backcourt and bring the potential that Purdue could put a definite NBA size lineup if they would want to.
Texas big man Drew Timme also listed the Boilermakers in his Top 10 schools last week with schools such as Gonzaga, Arizona and Louisville.
At this moment, Franklin seems like the most likely to end up wearing the black and gold to join Thompson and Gillis in the 2019 recruiting class that could stack up very nicely in the Big Ten. With the two commitments Purdue has as of now, they are ranked 4th in the Big Ten by 247 Sports.
While we definitely should not sleep on this team as it’s heading into the 2018-19 season, it certainly appears that if Carsen Edwards decides to stay for his senior season in 2019-2020 and they add even just one more piece in this recruiting class for 2019, the Boilermakers could be very potent once again in just a few years.