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Purdue Men's Basketball Recruiting

 Matt Kiefer

[Matt Kiefer]
 CLASS OF: 2002
 SCHOOL: Evansville Mater Dei, IN
 HEIGHT AND WEIGHT: 6'9 215lbs
 REACH AND WINGSPAN:
 POSITION: Power Forward
 00-01 RATINGS:
 ACADEMICS: 3.975 GPA
 STATUS: Signed to Purdue
 AAU TEAM: Warrick County AAU


BIO | NEWS | SCOUTING REPORTS | LINKS | SEASON STATS | HONORS | SCHEDULE

PLAYER BIO

Matt Kiefer is versatile for a 6-foot-9 player. An inside-outside threat all wrapped up in one player. Taking advantage of a growth spurt that sent him from a 6-foot-2 freshman to a 6-foot-9 junior, Kiefer dribbles like a guard yet bangs like a post player. Improving his strength is a priority at the moment for preparation to play Division I ball.

Schools pursuing Kiefer include Purdue, Iowa, Wisconsin, Xavier, Notre Dame and Iowa State. Kiefer would like to stay close to home so his parents can travel to see him play, and would like to play for a program where he could contribute early. He is an excellent student (3.975 GPA) taking college prep classes. His brother John is an engineering student at Purdue, and his father is also a Purdue graduate.

Kiefer verbally committed to Purdue on June 28, 2001. He chose Purdue over Notre Dame, Iowa, Michigan, Kansas and Evansville, but only visited one school...Purdue. Kiefer signed with Purdue during the November 2001 early signing period.


PLAYER NEWS

11-15-01...Van Coleman rates Purdue's recruiting class 15th in the nation in an article in the Indianapolis Star. Purdue received a LOI today from Matt Kiefer, and will hold comment on the class until they receive letters from Booker, Teague and Buckley. A short scouting report is posted below from Coleman.

2-24-01...Matt Kiefer scored a quiet 10 points in very limited play for Mater Dei against Rivet. On this Senior Night, Mater Dei coach Roger Sills started five seniors, and played them for significant minutes throughout the game. Even senior basketball manager Chris Stratman got the opportunity to start and play in Mater Dei's final home game.

2-12-02...Matt Kiefer scored a season-high 32 points and added 14 rebounds in a 81-69 win over Evansville Reitz. Kiefer shot a near perfect 12 of 13 from the field and eight of nine from the line. Mater Dei's record improves to 16-1.

1-26-01...Class 3A No. 1 Evansville Mater Dei was toppled on Tuesday by Castle, 73-67. Matt Kiefer scored 11 points in the loss.

1-13-01...Evansville Mater Dei (9-0) advances to the finals of the Southern Indiana Athletic Conference tournament. Matt Kiefer, a 6'9 junior center, scored 17 points and grabbed eight rebounds in a 73-67 victory over Reitz.

1-05-01...This past week was rough on Indiana high school teams ranked No.1 in their respective class team rankings. The only team to hang on to its No.1 rank was 4A Indianapolis Pike, featuring prospect Parnell Smith. In Class 3A, No.1 Maconaquah lost two games last week and fell out of first. They were replaced by Evansville Mater Dei, featuring prospect Matt Kiefer. Mater Dei is now 5-0 after an 84-67 victory over South Spencer on Tuesday. Kiefer led Mater Dei with 18 points. This is the first time Mater Dei has received a No.1 ranking. Two other teams featuring Purdue prospects dropped games, and subsequently out of their No.1 spots. Class 2A Winchesterdropped to No.2 after a Saturday loss to Richmond, and Class 1A Central Catholic also dropped to second following a loss last week to Carroll (Allen).

12-07-00...6-foot-9 Matt Kiefer had game highs of 18 points and 10 rebounds as Mater Dei cruised past North Posey, 71-46 on Friday.

12-10-00...After a 26 point outburst in the season opener against Mt. Vernon last week, Matt Kiefer (6'8, 2002, Evansville Mater Dei) followed up with a more humble nine points and eight boards in a 59-58 victory over Evansville Reitz. Kiefer also pulled down the game's final rebound, was fouled, and hit the winning freethrow.

7-20-00...We are getting word that Coach Keady travelled to Evansville to scout Mater Dei junior big man Matt Kiefer. Kiefer is a 6-foot-7 forward who plays for Warrick County AAU.


SCOUTING REPORTS

Scouting report by Gene Keady..."Matt's a great student and plays very smart on the court. He's been very well coached in high school so he's got the fundamentals down. He has great size and along with Booker will help our front line next season." (11/21/01, Purdue SID)

Scouting report by Van Coleman..."Matt Kiefer is very, very skilled. He shoots the ball well from the perimeter and can take the ball to the hole." (11/15/01, Indianapolis Star)

Anonymous scouting report..."Kiefer can do it all he looks a little herky jerky with his moves but he plays hard and can put the ball on the floor. He plays hard every minute and can shoot the three ball. He has a nice left hand. Needs to get a little stronger but still is tough. Really good player who can play the 2, 3, 4, or 5." (11/19/00)

Scouting report by Mike Pegram..."Kiefer reminded me a lot of a Kirk Haston/Eric Anderson type player. He is an excellent shooter, and got most of his points on 8-10 foot jumpers. He showed a nice turnaround on the baseline. He is a bit skinny but not [Jeffrey] Newton type skinny. The biggest downside to him is that he does not play real physical, or at least did not tonight. And fans in the stands made comments along those lines too -- fans that have seen him before. And he is about an inch shorter than Anderson and Haston -- that makes a bit of a difference. If he does grown a bit more that will obviously make him a better prospect." (1/13/00)


LINKS
  • No. 1 Wildcats reward their seniors [Evansville Courier]
  • Brunsonís 37 canít turn tables on Mater Dei [Evansville Courier]
  • Knights topple No. 1 team [Evansville Courier]
  • Southern Indiana has some Big Ten level talent [Mike Pegram]
  • VIDEO: Turnaround [Mike Pegram]
  • VIDEO: 3 point play [Mike Pegram]
  • VIDEO: Inside move [Mike Pegram]
  • Mater Dei stacks up No. 1 in area rankings [Evansville Courier]
  • Defense is top priority [Evansville Courier]
  • Late free throw rescues Mater Dei [Evansville Courier]
  • Warrick County the best of Hoopfest [Louisville Courier-Journal]



    SEASON TO DATE STATISTICS

    SEASON MIN PPG FG% FT% 3P% RPG APG BPG SPG RECORD
    2000→2001   17.4       9.3   2.2 1.6 26-2
    1999→2000   12.5       5.0       23-3



    AWARDS AND HONORS

    01-02 season
  • All-state first team (Hoosier Basketball Magazine)
  • All-American honorable mention (Street & Smith)
    00-01 season
  • All-state first team (Hoosier Basketball Magazine)



    2001-02 SEASON SCHEDULE FOR MATER DEI
    Date Day Time Opponent ---- --- ---- -------------------- 11/14/01 WED TBA TBA (scrimmage) 12/01/01 SAT 7:30P @ Mount Vernon 12/07/01 FRI 6:00P @ Puducah Tilghman 12/11/01 TUE 7:30P North 12/14/01 FRI 7:30P North Posey 12/15/01 SAT 6:00P @ Eastern Greene 12/18/01 TUE 7:30P Princeton 12/21/01 FRI 7:30P Reitz 12/28/01 FRI 7:30P @ Boonville 01/05/02 SAT 6:00P Memorial SIAC Tournament 01/08/02 TUE 7:30P Harrison 01/11/02 FRI TBA TBA 01/12/02 SAT TBA TBA SIAC Tournament 01/15/02 TUE 7:00P @ Tell City 01/18/02 FRI 7:30P South Spencer 01/22/02 TUE 7:30P @ Castle 01/25/02 FRI 7:30P Heritage Hills 01/29/02 TUE 7:30P Day School 02/02/02 SAT 7:30P @ Bosse 02/04/02 MON 7:30P @ Harrison 02/19/02 TUE 7:30P @ Central 02/22/02 FRI 7:30P @ Memorial 03/05/02 TUE TBA Sectional (North Knox) * Schedule subject to change

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