Butler’s top target in the class of 2014 for a long time, Trevon Bluiett has been one of the best prospects in the state in terms of keeping everything in his recruitment a secret. Up until today, he had just continued to rack up offers and said he would eventually cut his list. Today, he did just that.
Here is a detailed look at the seven schools Trevon Bluiett is considering:
The last school to offer Bluiett, Arizona just entered the picture by offering him a scholarship on July 29. He has not been involved as much with Sean Miller’s program as the other others on this list, but that should not count them out at this point. Miller has done a very good job in recent years of attracting recruits of high-caliber to his program and is continuing to do the same. They should remain very much in the picture despite just entering the contest very recently.
This came as no surprise to anyone who has followed this Junior Indiana All-Star’s recruitment. Butler and Bluiett have always seemed to have a high amount of mutual interest. Even when Brad Stevens left the program, Butler has remained a very big player and people have even gone to say that Bluiett’s relationship is even better with Miller than that of his and Stevens’.
Bluiett has taken three visits to Hinkle.
Another in-state school for this 2014 Indiana Mr. Basketball front-runner, Indiana has also been heavily involved in Bluiett’s recruitment. Hoosiers’ head coach Tom Crean has done a great job in putting together his classes the last couple of seasons, and adding Bluiett would certainly be another step forward.
Already having visited Bloomington five times in his high school career, that speaks to the fact that there may be a lot of interest from him there as well.
The Wolverines are the current favorite to land Bluiett at this point according to 247 Sports’ experts. 9 of the 10 predictions currently on the site have Bluiett heading to Michigan next season and who can blame them? Bluiett has visited once already and the Michigan coaches have met with him on a couple occasions.
The head recruiter Michigan in this chase? One of Butler’s top head coaching candidates, LaVall Jordan.
On the contrary to the previous schools on this list, UCLA has kind of been late to Bluiett’s recruitment, just offering him this April. That, however, does not mean that they are at a disadvantage, because UCLA has one thing that none of the other programs have and that’s Bluiett’s former high school coach at Park Tudor.
When Steve Alford was named head coach of the Bruins, former Park Tudor head coach Ed Schilling was added to his staff as an assistant. And, with as close as a relationship as Bluiett and Schilling have, that seems like it will definitely be a factor moving forward.
The Boilermaker staff has made a good impression on Bluiett, especially assistant coach Jack Owens. Those two have a very tight relationship that has lasted for a long while. It helps that Owens and Purdue were the first to start showing interest. Bluiett, who has Purdue as one of three in-state schools on his list, likes the proximity to home and the idea of playing in the Big Ten as well.
Bluiett has visited West Lafayette three times so far, so he has a good grasp of what the Boilermakers have to offer.
Although Xavier is a bit of a surprise to make the list, Bluiett says he has a very strong relationship with assistant coach Travis Steele. Xavier’s recent successes and move to the Big East also bode well for the Musketeers. Bluiett also says he really likes the campus, but coaching relationships are what really helped Xavier make the cut.
Moving forward, Bluiett will continue to visit schools on both unofficial and official visits. He will sign in November, so a commitment will be coming in the coming months, one every Bulldog fan hopes will go their way.