Indiana among finalists for Trevon Bluiett

071313Park Tudor forward Trevon Bluiett announced seven finalists in his recruitment on Wednesday night and Indiana is among the schools still in the running for ESPN.com’s No. 41 player in the class of 2014.

Joining Indiana in the final seven are Arizona, Butler, Michigan, Purdue, UCLA and Xavier.

“Arizona, Butler, Indiana, Michigan, Purdue, UCLA, & Xavier,” Bluiett said on Twitter. “(Alphabetical order) This is my list of schools.”

Indiana was the first school to offer Bluiett a scholarship during the fall before his freshman season. In all, the 6-foot-5 wing amassed over 25 scholarship offers before trimming his list.

As a teammate of IU point guard Yogi Ferrell, he helped lead the Panthers to consecutive Class 2A state titles in 2011 and 2012.

His high school coach for his first three seasons at Park Tudor, Ed Schilling, is now an assistant coach at UCLA under Steve Alford.

For much of his recruitment, Bluiett has named Butler, Indiana and Michigan as three of the schools showing the most consistent interest.

In Nike Elite Youth Basketball League (EYBL) play this past spring and summer, he averaged 19.3 points on 46.7 percent shooting from the field, 4.1 rebounds and 4.1 assists over 22 games for Spiece Indy Heat.

Bluiett is expected to sign a National Letter of Intent in the early signing period, which begins on November 12.

James Blackmon Jr., who committed to Indiana in September of 2010, was an AAU teammate of Bluiett for several years.

(Photo credit: Kelly Kline/Under Armour)

  • Kyl470

    This kind of surprises me. I thought Crean had turned his attention towards other players.

  • Miamihoosier

    You’d think UCLA has a great shot under these circumstances. A Blackmon/Ferrell back court means he’s battling Stan Robinson for back up minutes. The 3 spot is already loaded with Hollowell and Williams….As it stands now, if Vonleh comes back, our 2014 squad is good enough to win the league. If we can snag another top 100 guy for this class, it would be incredible, but the fact is, only a top 15 guy would have the chance to start, so it’s going to make it difficult. He would start at every other school on his list from day 1. IMO, Dante Exum is the only kid left we’re looking at that could start for us (unless you throw in Cliff Alexander). So,it’s tough to get mad at these kids if they go somewhere they can lead a team right away. On the other hand, if one of these kids does bite the bullet, and sign on, I’ll be their biggest supporter. It takes guts to come in to a program knowing you are going to have to fight for everything you get, and if someone is willing to do that, they earn my loyalty.

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    Yawn…

    Would anybody else be shocked, SHOCKED, if he actually chose IU?

  • N71

    + Arizona – doesn’t seem a fit unless his mom went there or something
    + Xavier – isn’t strong enough for someone of Trevon’s level
    + Purdue – do I need to say anything
    + UCLA – intriguing with Schilling but I’m not sure I’d want to play for Alford, that far away when I could go to IU or Michigan, UCLA is the risky move
    + Michigan – Someone has said they are the front runner but not sure why
    + Indiana – Close to home, strong program, Yogi, and James

    I think we’re somewhere in the top 3 but hard to tell much beyond that.

  • Shawn Congo

    I think he’ll go umich, but would love for him to come to IU. He is a complete player.

  • notfargj

    IF he stays in state he’ll end up at butler.

  • james

    What about Butler? For some reason I see them strongly in the mix. Obviously Stevens leaving didn’t kill that or else Trevon wouldn’t put them on this list.

  • DingoBlue

    UM fan here. I think the main reason for his interest in Michigan is his relationship with the coaching staff. He keeps in daily contact with Lavall Jordan. It was huge for us in Bluiett’s recruitment that he stayed. I think the reason he will find a role at Michigan is that he’s a pure scorer. Anyway, my 2 cents.

  • Jennifer G

    What I have loved about BTN’s The Journey is getting to see behind the scenes of the other B1G schools. UM has a great coaching staff. We screamed our heads off for your Wolverines when we saw them play Kansas in Dallas. (FUN game, btw… those Florida Gulf Coast fans were amazing!) Burke was a BEAST and I am not sad he is gone (wish he would have taken McGary with him!) LOL!
    All that said, I really hate to see an Indiana kid leave the state! I’m hoping to see him wear the Cream and Crimson

  • DingoBlue

    The Journey is great for people who are fans of the B1G. Burke was definitely a once/generation player at PG, everyone expects his number to be retired in due time for all he brought the University. I have to disagree about Indiana kids leaving the state, it seems to be a staple of Beilein Michigan teams lately. Albrecht, McGary, Irvin, Robinson, and don’t let me forget Novak have all been huge parts of Michigan’s turnaround.

  • WisconHoosier

    I have a feeling that wherever he goes, he’ll be:

    1. Too slow to play guard

    2. Too short to play forward

    3. A threat to drop 25 on anybody, anywhere, anytime.

  • marcusgresham

    Don’t forget Xavier will be moving to new conference that should increase its ability to recruit more talent. That may invalidate your statement here.

  • Mooks

    Khalif Wyatt status basically

  • esapata

    Same line of thinking would have to be applied to Butler, which has joined the new Big East as well.

  • esapata

    Why? I’m actually somewhat surprised that Butler was on the list since Brad has left. I think Butler will rebound, but I wouldn’t expect them to compete for their own league title anytime soon. Not with Georgetown, Creighton, Marquette, Villanova and Xavier in that mix.

  • esapata

    I wouldn’t be shocked, but I wouldn’t be shocked if he picked Michigan either. UCLA and ‘Zona would only surprise me due to their geographic location. Butler wouldn’t surprise me either, although I find it harder to believe now that Brad is with the Celtics.

  • HoosierTrav

    I dont feel like he will choose IU but if he did, we would have 2/3 of the best shooters in the class of 2013.

  • ScoopGeoff

    Just out of curiosity, whose your 3rd? Grayson Allen? Russell?

  • HoosierTrav

    I believe Grayson Allen is the 3rd best shooter. Robert Johnson may even be better than Allen though.

  • kewaynes

    You got any kids up there we can recruit?

  • T$

    He is a four year guy. So starting at IU right away probably won’t happen. If starting is important to him, he will for sure pick somewhere else.

  • SCHoosier

    Now THAT is an honest analysis! If he doesn’t go to IU..don’t want him in the B-10..let him throw down these bombs on somebody else!

  • N71

    Good point, we’re one of 4 then. I understand the appeal of Butler, only real negative, similar to UCLA, is that a new coach means risk because its not clear yet how things are going to work out.

  • SCHoosier

    At UM Coach B loves 3 point shooters and let’s them fire away in his system. Above all..TB is a 3 pt shooter.

  • MillaRed

    I would be shocked. I would be glad to see a Hoosier like Bluiett commit. But his recruiting journey has made me yawn.

  • MillaRed

    How are those Fab 5 Final Four banners treating ya? No offense but saying “kids leaving Indiana for Michigan is a staple” on this site isn’t appealing to me.

  • Guest

    Devin Booker and James Blackmon are the two best shooters in that class

  • IUMIKE1

    Well you know how it is when you see one person yawn, so…….yawn.

    Shocked ? I would feel like I had grabbed an electric wire if he ends up at IU. See him more than likely ending up at UM and if not there then UCLA. JMO

  • IUMIKE1

    Wonder if he isn’t just keeping IU on the list to keep the locals off his back for not, at least, having them on the list

  • AZIU71

    No shock here in his final 7. I had him going to Butler until Stevens left. Now I say UCLA or Michigan, probably Mich. We’re on the list but not really.

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    He’s got two friends on the team and an offer on the table since forever. For what we need in 2014 (big, back-up PG), I’d be a little hesitant taking his commit. I understand that he’s a scorer and a good player, but I think we have other needs.

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    Ok so this is just a counter point to look at. Not my opinion.

    Please exclude Blackmon from the conversation. Now that IU is among the finalists….How would it look for in state recruiting if he chose another school outside of Indiana. How would it look for in state recruiting if he chose another in state school. From above the outsiders and media may not look at it as he just doesn’t fit our needs very well, and it could be taken as Indiana is starting to strike out on in state talent. I could write a list of names here as of late that we have missed on but I won’t. Remember this is not my opinion, just asking questions to hear your opinions.

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    Don’t take this the wrong way, but by your assessment you are saying there have not and are not enough good players coming out of Michigan to keep UM Hoops at the level you are at? I appreciate you being civil by the way. Forums and boards can get ugly among rivals.

  • DingoBlue

    No offense taken. I guess I do kind of feel that way given my relative reliance on sites to tell me which prospects can be studs at the college level. I’m excited for Derrick Walton, and Cassius Winston in 2016 will be a great player too as far as Michigan kids go. I won’t take up more space here as others are noting they don’t particularly appreciate Michigan recruiting notes, but national recruiting is important at a certain point.

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    I don’t take any offense. I don’t think you are out of line either. Especially since you verified your opinion that the talent coming out of Indiana is better than the talent coming out of Michigan. You were fair in your assessment and open about what your coaches strategy is. I would take what you said as a compliment about basketball in the state of Indiana compared to basketball in Michigan. It’s not easy going on the site of a rival who beat you at home to win the league title. That takes some cahonies and I give you respect for that.

  • inLinE6

    IU being on the list is a way to calm people from the state. He won’t come here. And not a big loss for us either. I was hoping to see him in candy strips last year, but based on what we have and what we need right now, we don’t have his spot any more.

  • yimyames

    My opinion is that, all the in state/ out of state stuff is way over blown. No one outside of this website cares what state the freshman attended school.

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    Do the players in state players care then? Recruiting the top in state talent should be regarded highly among the players since the majority of the best high school players come out of Indiana?

  • yimyames

    I’m not really sure what you are saying. Currently, IU isn’t looked at by high school kids like it once was. Crean is changing that right now. It starts with the elementary players that are watching IU on TV and live. By the time they are high school players, hopefully Crean has built another rich history for this era.

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    I was posing the question of “Is Indiana still in very high favor with elite Indiana HS prospects?” I wasn’t

    t saying anything because I was not giving an opinion. I was asking a question only/

  • IUMIKE1

    Would get that pretty much regardless of what you said. Myself, I welcome rational views and opinions of fans from other teams, kinda gives me a view of things from a different perspective. As long as your not being an a$$hole about it, like 99 % of the pUKe fans are don’t have a problem at all with you commenting. Saw nothing of that kind from any of your comments. Feel free to come back and comment again.

  • ThaSnowman

    I think he may surprise a lot of people and choose IU. He’s just been around campus and all that too much to not be taking IU very seriously IMO. If I’m not mistaken, hasn’t he been to IU a LOT more than anywhere else??

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