Bluiett visits IU, begins talks to narrow down process

Reynardo Bluiett, the father of 2014 Park Tudor wing Trevon Bluiett, said at the Bill Hensley Memorial Run-N-Slam in early May that his son would need to begin thinking about the next step of his recruitment soon.

Conversations to begin narrowing down the process have started between father and son, who were in Bloomington on Tuesday on an unofficial visit.

“The things we’ve talked about on narrowing down a list are how we see the coach interact with the players, how we see the players interact with each other,” Trevon Bluiett told Inside the Hall. “It doesn’t matter if it’s a low DI or a high DI (program), just whatever fits best for me. I would say the academics would be a huge part to it, too.”

Bluiett has offers from IU, Illinois, Florida, Kansas State, IUPUI, Butler, Purdue, Virginia and Xavier and interest from Ohio State, Michigan State and Michigan.

Tuesday’s visit to Bloomington included a comprehensive tour of the campus and a reminder from Indiana coach Tom Crean on why the rising junior is such a high priority for the program.

“He (Tom Crean) just kind of refreshed on why he wants me at IU and what he can see me playing as and how much I can contribute to the team. He really refreshed me up on that,” Bluiett said. “We went around and saw the sciences building, physical education, the arts school and the math department. We basically just toured the whole campus, the Kelley School of Business. It was just showing us around.”

Reynardo Bluiett said last month that his son learned a lot from his Park Tudor teammate and McDonald’s All-American Yogi Ferrell on how to best manage the recruiting process.

“I think just sitting there watching some of the stuff that went on with him, I think he got an understanding,” the elder Bluiett said. “I’m just there to support him. There will definitely become a time where he’s gotta step up and face the madness.”

That time may be rapidly approaching, although Bluiett stopped short of putting a timetable on when he’ll narrow down his list or declare a leader.

“They (IU) were my first offer and it makes me feel good to know that they still want me to go there, but really any school is still high to me,” he said. “I haven’t narrowed down my schools. I haven’t cut any schools out, which I need to do shortly, but at this point, every school is high to me.

“But it definitely means something that they (IU) still show a lot of interest in me.”

  • Robert Sales

    Would be a great pick up! Perhaps Yogi can play a role in getting him to Bloomington. Let’s get him before Ohio State, Michigan or Michigan State get him. Go IU!

  • Robert Sales

    Would be a great pick up! Perhaps Yogi can play a role in getting him to Bloomington. Let’s get him before Ohio State, Michigan or Michigan State get him. Go IU!

  • Curtish1

    I think he will be an excellent example of Crean recruiting players that fit the program and not just highly regarded by “the recruiting experts”. I think he is an excellent player and scorer and is woefully underated in his national class. I hope he ends up a Hoosier!

  • N71

    He is a unique player, I can’t really think of any other recent high school or college player to compare him with.  He is amazingly efficient and highly effective though and it will be very interesting to see how he plays this coming season without Yogi.  I imagine Park Tudor has another point guard ready to step in but surely not as good as Yogi.

    I believe he plays summer ball with Trey, James, and Jaquan.  I wonder how a commitment from Trevon would influence or not Jaquan and what he wants to do.  Playing on a team over the summer is entirely voluntary and I remember Ron Patterson exiting the Indiana Elite team (his choice) when he wasn’t happy with something.  Jaquan chooses to play with Trey, James, and Trevon and could surely play on any team he wants as good as he is.  My guess is a commitment from Trevon would make IU even more attractive to Jaquan but this is purely speculation.

    Anyone have a knowledgable perspective?

  • Benhyoung14

    So when Yogi tells him how awesome IU is then its in the bag?

  • plane1972

    Speculative, yes, but makes a lot of sense. Man, what a class that would become with those four guys. If the 2012 experiment of “friends playing with friends” were to lead to Big Ten championships (and hopefully more), then you have to think the 2014 guys would seriously look at playing with one another, as well. Good times in Bloomington.

  • plane1972

    Speculative, yes, but makes a lot of sense. Man, what a class that would become with those four guys. If the 2012 experiment of “friends playing with friends” were to lead to Big Ten championships (and hopefully more), then you have to think the 2014 guys would seriously look at playing with one another, as well. Good times in Bloomington.

  • Drothenb3

    I have never seen him play but every thing I have read sounds like he is very similar to Dominique Smith-Rivera.  Not overly athletic, smart and crafty beyond his age, and able to get open shots when he needs to. 

    Like I said I have never seen Trevon play, let me know if I am way off base.

  • N71

    DSR is a power guard so I see his game different than Trevon’s.  DSR uses his weight and strength aggressively to overpower another guard who’s defending him.  Trevon is a little more discreet when using his weight and lower body strength, its very clever in the way Mark Aquirre was, he gives himself just enough space to operate in versus DSR which just plows people over.  I see DSR similar to Eric Gordon minus the quickness and range, still really good though.  If you remember Ricky Pierce or Eddie Johnson but in the later years in the NBA they were like magicians in being able to work in limited space.  They weren’t quick enough anymore to create space via athleticism so they did it in subtle other ways with a bump here, a back step there, very, very clever and effective.  Trevon is similar in that way, very smart player.

  • HoosierTrav

     I wasn’t very high on Trevon until I watched him play at Spiece this spring against Jabari Parker’s Mac Irvin Fire squad. He is not going to be flashy but he will be a big time scorer at the next level. His quick release, nose for the ball, and fierce competitiveness was really impressive.

  • IU1987

    I think the shipped has sailed on Jaquan. Not sure he fits CTC personal. I think Indiana still watches, but has backed off quite a bit. I think Jaquan thinks he is better than Indiana. That’s fine with me not every top talent will fit the locker room in Btown. Plus from a source close to the situation don’t believe everything you read as far as Lyle recruiting goes.

    As far as Bluiett nice player, but hope IU waits a little longer before taken the verbal. Schollies are at a premie now and the top talent is looking to Btown. Just not sure what position Trevon would play. No way he can play the 2 and the 3 we are loaded at and looking to add much better talent.

  • Evansville Hoosier

    I think JaQuan and Trevon are very similar players (as far as position goes). That being said, JaQuan and James can both play the point and put Trevon and whoever isn’t at point on the wing. So yeah, all 4 of them could work together as a class. If you then added a Cliff Alexander or Noah Vonleh……. Well. Then look out. And add a true PG in 2015 in Hyron Edwards!!! That would be a dream.

  • Evansville Hoosier

    I think JaQuan and Trevon are very similar players (as far as position goes). That being said, JaQuan and James can both play the point and put Trevon and whoever isn’t at point on the wing. So yeah, all 4 of them could work together as a class. If you then added a Cliff Alexander or Noah Vonleh……. Well. Then look out. And add a true PG in 2015 in Hyron Edwards!!! That would be a dream.

  • HOOSIERHEART

    Not sold on him quite yet…..
    It looked like Yogi created a lot for him….

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