Long considered Butler’s top target for the 2014 recruiting class, Indiana forward Trevon Bluiett announced today on his Twitter account that he will be attending UCLA in California when he graduates high school this spring.
“Blessed to have many schools recruiting me,” he said in the post. “But in the end, there’s only one school right for me. I’m officially a Bruin.”
The decision does not come as too big of a surprise after Bluiett visited this summer and his high school coach of the last three seasons is beginning his first year as an assistant under Steve Alford in the program.
After several visits to Butler over the years though, this is still a disappoint decision for the Bulldogs who were long considered to be very high on his list when Brad Stevens was at the helm.
When Brandon Miller initally took over, rumors swirled of Bluiett no longer being interested in the program, but he did say that they were still in the running eventually. Still, the interest from Bluiett did seem to decrease since the move and today he announced officially that he will not be playing for Brandon Miller and the Bulldogs.
Moving forward, the 2014 class at this point only consists of Lake Central’s Tyler Wideman. The focus may be a bit different now with Bluiett out of the picture.
Riley Lachance has taken some big steps in his recruitment lately and there appears to be a significant amount of interest there after his visit to Butler last week.
After him, it still looks like a point guard is a big priority. Due to the lack of assurance as to how well the point position can play this season and who will be starting there, a high profile point-man has been in order all summer.
Surely, this isn’t something that will doom the 2014 class, but it is a bit disappointing to lose someone thought to be a very realistic and very talented target for a couple of years.