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Recruiting: Making the decision

It's part of the recruiting process that can be tough: Hearing and saying "no."

Coaches and recruits often build relationships over years, getting a feel for each other and trying to realize if it's the right fit.

At the end of the process, decisions must be made.

And it's not always easy hearing "no."

"We've recruited some guys through the years and obviously are recruiting some guys now and one of my lines is to guys, 'There's nothing wrong with you not coming to Purdue, just go somewhere better. Don't go somewhere worse. Go somewhere better for you,' " men's coach Matt Painter said. "At times, it can be a timing thing because in you're position, there could be some guys here and you think 'I want to play immediately and start immediately' and you don't think that's going to happen here, and I understand that. Or maybe it's academic and it's not your major.

"But if it's lined up for you to play and it's lined up academically and this is a good place for you socially to fit in and our system is good for you, Purdue is a great fit. There's nothing wrong with you not coming to Purdue, but go to a place better.

"That's what probably frustrates me sometimes is when guys don't do that. They're not doing what's best for them. We've lost some kids to some other schools and I'm like, 'Hey, you don't win them all. They went to some pretty good schools.' Then we lost some kids and immediately you're like, 'That's nowhere close to being a better situation for him.' You feel bad."

The prospect doesn't always feel great about telling a coach either.

Warsaw senior-to-be Nic Moore has scholarship offers on the table and hopes to make a decision on his college choice soon.

When that happens, he knows he may have some disappointed coaches.

"That's how it always is," he said. "I've had to do it with AAU, telling a coach that I'm not playing, that I'm already playing for this person. That's how it is with coaches. They like you and you start to like them but you're really interested in somebody else then you end up going to that college.

"Somebody is getting screwed at the end of the day. But that's the way life goes."