It was a bittersweet moment for Reynardo Bluiett when his 15-year old son, Trevon, a freshman at Park Tudor, picked up his first scholarship offer a couple of weeks ago from Indiana.
“You don’t really expect it this early, but I just know from personal experience the work that Trevon has put in,” Reynardo Bluiett told Inside the Hall. “He loves to play and I just know the work that it takes and the work he’s put in. Just to get that reward it’s gratifying. He’s just going to continue to work whether we had the offer or not. He enjoys working on his game.”
The 6-5, 185-pound Bluiett, an AAU teammate and friend of IU commits James Blackmon Jr. and Trey Lyles, is considered one of the top 25 prospects nationally in the 2014 class. Scout.com recruiting analyst Evan Daniels listed him as one of the top eight 2014 performers at last weekend’s John Lucas Midwest Invitational in Louisville.
The early recruiting attention, which also includes heavy interest from Illinois and Purdue, has a lot to do with Bluiett’s efficiency, a trait that is not often the focus of younger prospects.
“He has a knack to score the ball without taking a bunch of shots,” Reynardo Bluiett said. “He’s a pretty efficient guy and just a super team guy. I think coaches really look at the numbers and how efficient he is at this age.”
The younger Bluiett didn’t rule out the possibility of an early commitment in this video interview with The Courier-Journal’s Jody Demling and is expected to attend Hoosier Hysteria next Friday. He’s also working on setting up an unofficial visit to Bloomington.
Blackmon Jr. and Lyles are already in Bluiett’s ear with the hope he’ll become the third member of IU’s 2014 class, according to Reynardo Bluiett.
“Yeah, I think they’ve mentioned that a couple times. Those are super, super kids, too, so that’s not a bad situation at all,” he said. “Those guys are really in love with IU, even before the commitments and offers, they were IU guys. Trevon’s situation is a little different. He plays and he never thought about college, so it’s just a little different situation for him. But he says he would love to be with his buddies, so it’s something he’s thought about and we talk about it.”