List of suitors for Trevon Bluiett continues to grow

INDIANAPOLIS — August could be a pivotal month in the recruitment of Trevon Bluiett.

That’s when the Park Tudor junior-to-be, a top 75 player nationally according to Scout.com, could begin to take a closer look at the growing list of schools battling to land his commitment.

Indiana was the first school to offer a scholarship to the 6-foot-5 forward and his list of offers is now at ten after Butler, Florida, Illinois, Kansas State, Louisville and Virginia all offered in the spring.

While Bluiett has spoken highly of the Hoosiers often and has taken several unofficial visits to Bloomington, he’s not ruling any of his options out.

“Probably after July, me and my dad will probably start to talk (about narrowing down my list). I listen to what the schools have to say, but I just keep it in my head,” he said Thursday at the adidas Invitational. “Even if it’s something I like or don’t like, I don’t eliminate it because you can’t really judge a book by its cover. I’m just taking everything in right now.”

The NCAA rule change that went into effect on June 15 to allow coaches unlimited telephone and texting contact with prospects entering their junior season took some time for Bluiett to get adjusted to.

“Well at midnight (on June 15), I got a lot of texts from coaches and I was excited. That was all fine,” he said. “Two or three days passed and I still had coaches call me day after day. Certain coaches they’d talk to me at like 11 and then call me at 4.”

Despite the rule change to allow unlimited contact, establishing some boundaries has been helpful for Bluiett to deal with all of the inquiries.

“The second week of the process after June 15, my dad told the coaches ‘just call him once or twice a week,’ so when I get busy, they’re not calling all of the time. That definitely helps a lot,” he said. “They text me now and then, but sometimes it can be nerve racking when you just want to hang out and coaches are texting and stuff. It’s a good feeling, don’t get me wrong, but it just kind of gets annoying.”

Besides his June visit to Bloomington, Bluiett also took unofficial trips to Kentucky, Louisville, Michigan and Xavier in recent weeks.

The trip to Lexington was his first opportunity to see the UK campus.

“It was a nice campus. It was beautiful. The athletic part of it was really nice. They spent a whole lot of money on that,” he said. “Coach (John) Calipari wasn’t there. He was with the Dominican (Republic) team. So we called him over the phone and he was just saying how happy he was that we got down there and how he wanted me to visit the campus.”

While he’s talked with AAU teammates James Blackmon Jr. and Trey Lyles about playing together in college, his relationship with the coaching staff and academics head the list of priorities for the Park Tudor star.

“I just look for my relationship with the coach and the relationship that he has with the players and how close he is,” Bluiett said. “And then academics always plays a huge part in it.”

  • MillaRed

    I don’t know why, but there is something about this kid that rubs me the wrong way. Not saying he’s a bad kid or anything. Just a gut feeling I guess. I never really thought he was IU bound either.

  • MillaRed

    I don’t know why, but there is something about this kid that rubs me the wrong way. Not saying he’s a bad kid or anything. Just a gut feeling I guess. I never really thought he was IU bound either.

  • Kreigh_Smiths_Short_Shorts

    He’s a good kid, has his head on straight, and would be a great addition to the class. He’s taking his time and letting things play out, examining his options. What rubs you the wrong way? Is it anything he has done or said, or is it because he hasn’t jumped immediately at the chance to play for IU?

  • Benhyoung14

    I think he ends up at IU. I like the Yogi Ferrell connection, and that will help us a lot.

  • Sims

    If he doesn’t attend IU, seems like Butler is a perfect fit for him

  • Verdell Jones IV

    I doubted this kids production ability for the longest time, but as the sample size gets bigger and bigger I can just no longer deny his abiliity to consistently put up points efficiently by always being at the right place and knocking down shots.

  • Verdell Jones IV

    I doubted this kids production ability for the longest time, but as the sample size gets bigger and bigger I can just no longer deny his abiliity to consistently put up points efficiently by always being at the right place and knocking down shots.

  • N71

    He’s a great player, goes to a great school so he’s likely a strong student, he’s won 2 state championships already, he’s played 2 years with Yogi, he has a great coach, the IU staff like him enough to extend an offer, and he played and is friends with Trey and James. I couple comments that may come across flat in writing should not tarnish the HUGE positives on Trevon.

  • Hoosierfan2335

    Saw him play a few times this year with Yogi. He has a great shot and seems to always be ahead of everyone else. Doesn’t hurt to have the greatest point guard in the country always dishing you though. Anxious to see how he performs this year.

  • MillaRed

    If it was because he didn’t jump I would have said it. IMO he will not be a Hoosier. Think he wants to be a part of something else.

  • HoosierStoff

    Agree completely. I also think that offering first goes a long way with these kids in the end! We got in there before anyone else. I ditto the prediction!

  • gymrat

    He wants more early pt than he thinks he would get at IU.

  • gymrat

    He wants more early pt than he thinks he would get at IU.

  • Kelin Blab

    Based on your likes Milla, many disagree with you. Bluiett is big time trust me.

  • MillaRed

    I saw him in both finals the last two seasons. Of course he is big time. I just have a weird feeling he might commit elsewhere. And if he does that’s the way the ball bounces.

    I didn’t realize everyone in here would be so upset if he wasn’t a Hoosier.

  • PerthHoosier

    Im with ya Millared. I see the Gary Harris act . friends with all the IU recruits in the end signs else where.

  • IUMIKE1

    Along the lines of what I’m thinking also MIlla. Can’t exactly put my finger on it but I just don’t see him at IU. Sometimes I kinda think he felt like it was always about Yogi and that people thought the main reason he put up the numbers that he did was only because Yogi was there passing the ball to him. While I don’t think that is the case it does have at least some truth to it. Maybe he feels like he will just be in his shadow once again if he comes to IU.

  • IUMIKE1

    Along the lines of what I’m thinking also MIlla. Can’t exactly put my finger on it but I just don’t see him at IU. Sometimes I kinda think he felt like it was always about Yogi and that people thought the main reason he put up the numbers that he did was only because Yogi was there passing the ball to him. While I don’t think that is the case it does have at least some truth to it. Maybe he feels like he will just be in his shadow once again if he comes to IU.

  • IUMIKE1

    With you once again, I think he will be a very productive player at the next level and will be glad if he comes to IU, but for whatever reason I just don’t think he will. If he doesn’t then I still wish him the best and as you said that ‘s just the way the ole ball bounces.

  • 888

    I agree Mila. The kid has said that Duke is his dream school. I dont think hell play at IU either. I think Michigan is a likelky destination.

  • SCHoosier

    I think others are turning his head with the “U can be THE star here”.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bob.guess.520 Bob Guess

    I Believe He’ll end up @ UCLA along with Trey Lyles now that Coach Alford & Coach Schilling have been hired…

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