2013 guard Basil Smotherman commits to Purdue

  • 02/16/2011 11:13 am in

2013 Heritage Christian guard Basil Smotherman, who had an early scholarship offer from Indiana, has committed to Matt Painter and Purdue, according to Eric Bossi of Rivals.com.

Smotherman visited Indiana this past fall for the Michigan football game and was also in attendance for Hoosier Hysteria.

ESPN.com ranks Smotherman the No. 26 prospect nationally in the 2013 class.

The 6-5, 180-pound guard also had offers from Illinois, Notre Dame and Xavier.

Here’s what Smotherman’s AAU coach, Matt Green of the Eric Gordon All-Stars, told us about his game last summer: “Basil is a perimeter threat. At any point in time he can get it going and start killing you from the outside. His mid-range game is getting a lot better.”

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  • Anonymous

    There will be a whole lot less of a logjam at his position in West Lafayette than in Bloomington. He’d be behind a lot of guys (guys I now hope lock him down a couple of times a year for several years.)

  • Anonymous

    I’m not sure how to feel about this. On one hand, I want as many high-level in-state recruits as possible and he definitely qualifies. On the other hand, we’ve got a ton of wings and while I’m sure he could offer a different skill-set, he’d face a logjam. On yet another hand, I’m glad he didn’t go to Illinois or some random school and it’s nice to see top Indiana high school players stay in state. On my fourth and final hand, I don’t want Purdue to reload their talent, I prefer for them to stay good enough where beating them means something but bad enough where we can beat them every time.

    I’m all out of hands now.

  • Glawton12

    Is this the first commitment Painter has received over Crean on a recruit they were both targeting?

  • IU is pretty well stocked for guards/wings for 2013. On the one hand you hate to see a player ranked this highly going to your in-state rival. On the other hand I want to see this rivalry mean something again and the only way for that to happen is if both schools are pulling studs.

  • MillaRed

    I think he sees Hartman and Davis at his spot but going to Purdue still sucks. Have fun matching up against Devin for 4 years Basil.

    Great get for Painter. Relieves some in state recruiting pressure for sure. Unfortunately.

    We can’t have them all!

  • Anonymous

    According to ESPN, Painter has secured commitments from DJ Byrd (2009), Travis Carroll (2010), Raphael Davis (2012) and Bryson Scott (2013) along with Smotherman when CTC was persuing them as well.

    The question is how badly did CTC want any of these guys. I don’t recall us going really strong after any of them (maybe Byrd?). It would have been nice to get Scott, because he’s a PG, and it would be nice to have depth behind Yogi, but other than that, I think we can live without them.

  • Agreed. My first thought was, “I can’t wait to see Buss shut this kid down!”

  • Are the X-Men still accepting applications? You could get a cool nickname like Half-Spider, or maybe something campy like Sir Hands-a-Lot.

  • N71

    This is a great get for Purdue. We won’t have room for everyone and we need Purdue to be competitive (I was getting worried for them). I’d prefer he be at Purdue vs. Illinois, MSU, OSU, Kentucky, UNC, or Duke. He’s from Indy, he should stay in state. ND would be another good choice. Actually, myself, I’d rather go to Notre Dame than Purdue but I’m not Smotherman.

  • byuhoosier

    off topic…is there a link to listen to tom crean’s radio show?

  • N71

    Stocked indeed. Harris and Hollowell could be part of the 2012 class, Hartman and Davis in 2013 with maybe Baker or Irvin. Then you Trevon or a couple other guys in 2014. Then Austin Ethrington. Not going to IU I can see but I would have selected Notre Dame over Purdue. Smotherman will be another E-twan Moore. Solid player, good dude, pain in the ass.

  • Anonymous

    I like Sir Hands-a-Lot except that it feels sort of sexual assault-y

  • Walter Pitchford just commited to Florida

  • If George Lucas wrote the new X-Men, it could be all about how Sir Hands-a-Lot has to attend a seminar on sexual harassment in the workplace… basically, it would be exactly like those terrible prequels, but instead of Trade Federation contract disputes, it could be a sexual harassment seminar (which turns into a lawsuit in the second and third movie).

    Did it get geeky in here, or is it just me?

  • Anonymous

    Yeah it’s getting a little geeky. Though my first thought upon seeing your comment was the South Park episode where George Lucas is raping Indiana Jones. I’m not sure if him and Spielberg could take on all of the Xmen for such activities.

    This might getting a wee bit too far off topic…

  • Anonymous

    That’s too bad…

  • Anonymous

    Crean gets what he wants in the state of Indiana and he didn’t want Smotherman. He already took Purdue’s number 1 player they wanted in Hartmann and possibly their number 2 in Davis. Smothermans a player but I’d much rather have Hartmann and Davis

  • Anonymous

    Good for Purdue. I am not going to say that we didn’t want him, but 2013 seems like a long way away for me. I was starting to think that some of these top guys would be going there. The kid from FW said that he chose PU because he liked it, and that IU was filling up. PU is thinking, “good thing we got him, because that Dawson thing didn’t work out so hot.”

  • Anonymous

    Nicely put. I think that Zak Irvin is the better recruit. And then IU needs a real Big Man.

  • Anonymous

    Yes, a Real Big Man (I think “real” needs to be capitalized as well). While we will be able to do some really interesting things with a bunch of athletic wings around 6’5, especially on D (think: PRESS!!), it’s still the Big Ten and we still need big men who can bang down low.

  • Anonymous

    I am happy for Purdue. There is nothing that I want more than to have great battles every year with all in state players. That’s how it should be in Indiana. I was really proud because at one point I believe 2007-08 All 4 teams (IU, PU, ND, BU) were all in the top 25 at once. That was incredible, and is great for basketball in Indiana.

  • Anonymous

    Maybe I’m the only one but I don’t want Purdue to be good at all. I’d love for IU to smash them by 30 every single year, I’d never tire of it.

    My angst results from all the arrogant, brainless Purdue fans I’ve come into contact with. Most of them refuse to believe they’ll be much worse next year, unbelievable.

  • InTheMtns

    You can listen live online on Mondays at http://whcc105.com/page.php?page_id=59161 (Bloomington station WHCC 105.1). The Coach’s show starts at 7:00 but sometimes it starts a minute or two late, so if music is playing at 7, just stay tuned until it starts (even mid-song sometimes). The only podcast I know for it is from the All-Access subscription service.

  • Anonymous

    I’m no Purdue fan by any means, but down here we don’t deal with many Purdue fans at all. All of our idiots in the area are UK fans. I’d pit a Purdue fan against a UK fan in a game of Trivial Pursuit for money any day of the week.
    I don’t want to see them be overly successful, but I don’t have near the hatred for them that I do for UK (or U of L, either, for that matter.)

  • HoosierSmitty

    Not a huge loss by any stretch, but definitely a nice pick up for Purdue. IU just needs to lock down the 2012 class – Gary Harris and/or Jeremy Hollowell please come to IU!

    I’ve given up hope that a mysterious big emerges in 2011 to join the class. Last minute bigs haven’t been the coaching staff’s forte – no offfense Tijan, Bawa, Guy…

  • Andrew

    Sure hope you’re wrong. Etwaun Moore is far better than a “solid player.” If BS is as good, PU just got one heck of a player.

  • Anonymous

    I think you’re both right. Purdue fan would beat a UK fan in trivial pursuit by about 5 pie pieces but is aboulutely brainless when it comes to Purdue basketball. More obsessed with being anti-IU than paying attention to their own team.

  • Diesel

    I don’t believe IU offered Rapheal Davis. Bryson Scott was offered. Without naming names, Crean said in regard to 2010 Indiana prospects that he didn’t feel there was anyone worth offering at the time (Carroll and Hale). Not sure about DJ Byrd.

  • Byrd committed to Purdue in the fall of 2007 when Sampson was still at IU.

  • Anonymous

    True. I guess a better question would be, “who has chosen PU over IU when both schools offered during the Crean era?”

  • Ryan Goods

    I feel bad for him. IU has a beautiful campus and beautiful girls. Purdue’s got neither

  • Anonymous

    Don’t have the dislike for UL that you seem to have. I think I don’t have the dislike that you have because I hear how much the pUKe fans hate UL and I can’t help but kinda like someone that they hate so much cause I know that that in itself pisses them off even more. Guess that ‘s what makes me kinda like Coach K and his teams. God I love being in the room when CBS plays the intro where their old buddy Christian makes the shot and they also get to see Smart make THE SHOT. I think it was Timberlake that got the love tap on the chest via one of the Dukies but don’t remember which Dukie it was. Was that also courtesy of Christian too ? Same game ?

    Agree with you 200 % on the other part. Hell I would put a fan of any other team up against a pUKe fan. Sometimes it amazes me that they have enough a brain to know how to crawl out from under their rock and make it to their sister’s bed.

  • So_Cal_Hoosier

    Purdue still sucks.