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Purdue 2014 class ranked 14th
Purdue's 2014 recruiting haul ranks 14th in the latest Blue Star Media class rankings. Nine Big Ten programs ranked in the top 50. The Big Ten was led by Ohio State at no. 2, future Big Ten member Maryland at no. 11, Purdue at no. 14, Michigan State at no. 21, and Minnesota at no. 24 to round out the top 25. Michigan placed at no. 26, Iowa at no. 30, Nebraska at no. 38, and Illinois at no. 43. Indiana belongs in the top 50, as scouts are greatly underevaluating the talent of incoming guard Tyra Buss.
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A couple of videos have appeared featuring some Purdue targets. The first features 2015 point guard Darby Maggard and 2017 guard Daly Sullivan. The second features the passing skills of 2015 wing Brooke Alexander.
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Lakota West sophomore guard Nia Staples has offers from Xavier, Cincinnati and Michigan State per the Cincinnati Enquirer ... Lola Ristovski (5'9 G, 2015) of Gross Pointe (MI) has committed to the University of Detroit -- she joins her sister there, and her uncle who was recently hired as an assistant ... Arike Ogunbowale released her top 11 schools on Sunday and the list did not include Purdue.
Big Ten Recruiting
Catching up with the Big Ten recruiting over the past couple weeks ...
Michigan landed three players for the class of 2015 in about a week's span. The first came from 5'8 combo guard Nicole Munger of Doylestown, Pennsylvania. She chose Michigan over a final list that also included St. Joe’s, Drexel and Boston College. Next came 5'5 Long Island Lutheran point guard Lauren Brozoski. Brozoski led Lutheran to the state Federation Class A championship last season while averaging nearly 20 points, six assists and two steals per game. She chose Michigan over interest from George Washington, Rutgers, Wisconsin, Villanova, Seton Hall, Hofstra, Harvard and Boston College. Then to round out the recruiting hat trick, Michigan added a commitment from 5'11 wing forward Naomi Davenport of Cincinnati. Davenport averaged 14 points as a sophomore, and also considered Cincinnati, Xavier and Dayton.
Northwestern has received two more commitments for the Class of 2014. Lydia Rohde, a 5'10 guard from Brookfield, Wisconsin chose the Wildcats over offers from UW-Green Bay, Northern Illinois, UW-Milwaukee, Bradley, American and Northern Michigan. She also was offered spots at Princeton and Columbia. She averaged 11.6 points, 3.6 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.5 steals last season. Morgan Green, a 5'7 scoring point guard from Santa Cruz, California, averaged 30.8 points, 7.8 rebounds, 5.3 assists, and 6.6 steals as a junior. Green was pursued by a host of high academic programs in the Pac Twelve and Ivy League, and plans to major in biology.
Rutgers landed another point guard for 2014. The latest is 5'7 Shrita Parker, who ranks 77th according to ESPN. As a junior she averaged 25.7 points, 6.5 rebounds, 5.5 assists and three steals, shooting 80 percent from the freethrow line.
Nebraska has their second commitment for 2015 in 6'1 point guard Maddie Simon. Simon averaged 16.3 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game as a sophomore, and shot 48 percent from the field and 74 percent from the free-throw line. She chose Nebraska over Iowa, Oklahoma State and Creighton. She is a Nebraska legacy, as her mother ran hurdles at Nebraska.
Minnesota lost a 2014 from Ohio, and gained a 2014 center from Ohio. Previously committed Terra Stapleton withdrew her commitment from Minnesota to look at other programs, while fellow Ohio center Josie Buckingham took her slot. Buckingham is 6'5 center who averaged 20.9 points, 13.6 rebounds, and 6.1 blocks as a junior.
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