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Gold and Black Illustrated, Vol 27, Digital 5

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GOLD AND BLACK ILLUSTRATED VOLUME 27, ISSUE 5 70 Notre Dame, Michigan, Butler and Northwestern. Whereas Carmody is that heart-and-soul sort of effort and grit player, Hunter and Anderson are pure scorers, both of them, but in very different bodies. Hunter is a crafty and long 6-3 guard who can score from anywhere, in just about any way, and play some point guard, too. Purdue's going to have to fight off Butler and Xavi- er for the No. 78 player nationally, but Indiana's new staff is interested, and Ohio State, Michigan, Mich- igan State and some ACC schools are interested as well and could enter the fray this summer. Anderson is a 6-7ish true small forward type who might be able to play as a big guard at the next level. He averaged 24 a game for South Bend Riley this sea- son, after which Purdue became his first high-major offer and looked primed to be the clear-cut frontrun- ner in his recruitment. But his recruitment might just be getting start- ed. Connecticut and DePaul offered him after the first April evaluation weekend, and he figures to get more than a few more in coming weeks and months. Purdue would love a prolific scorer in this class, and Hunter and Anderson would both qualify. The backcourt is a need for Purdue, particular- ly point guard, where Purdue has had offers out to local Robert Phinisee — along with Indiana, Butler and Virginia — and reportedly to Floridian Neftali Alvarez, but new assistant coach Steve Lutz has gotten the Boilermakers in on Texas' Jamal Bieniemy and Oklahoma's Keyshawn Embery, too, from his time at Creighton. Both are nationally ranked by and will be highly recruited. With any class as robust as this one figures to be, Purdue will need a little of everything, and that will very much include size, especially if Purdue doesn't add a post player this spring. Purdue has an offer out to Ghana native Emman- uel Dowuona — as do many others, with many more to come, most likely — and reportedly has just of- fered Nevada 7-footer Bryan Penn-Johnson, who's also been offered by TCU, Utah and some others. And it's recruiting Detroit's Trevion Williams, a top-100 target with interest from Michigan, Michigan State, Xavier and others. With such a large class to fill and no commitments in hand as of yet, this figures to be another recruit- ing cycle where Purdue's recruiting board expands before it boils down, particularly with a new assis- tant coach with a slew of new contacts coming in. j Brian Neubert Indianapolis' Eric Hunter Jr. stands to be one of the most hotly recruited guards in the Midwest, if not the country, this spring and summer.

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