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Boiling Point


Breaking down Purdue's Class of 2013

Northrop's Bryson Scott, Basil Smotherman and Kendall Stephens comprise Purdue's Class of 2013, which is ranked No. 23 overall by and No. 26 overall by East Coast basketball recruiting analyst Brian Snow discussed the Boilermakers' additions during a phone interview Wednesday.

"It's a good class for Matt Painter," Snow said. "Stephens is a shooter, a shooter with good length. He's a good athlete, long arms, but really makes shots, that's what he does best. Should be capable of guarding multiple positions and just someone who is going to bring versatility to the Purdue lineup and really stretch the floor.

"(Smotherman) has all the tools to be a great players. He has the size, strength and basketball skill to where if it every comes together for him, it's going to be good. Basil's going to take some time, but he's got the tools.

"Bryson Scott is one of the toughest kids in the country. Just tough as nails. He loves to attack the rim, just a natural born scorer. And he's a pit bull on the defensive end."

Scott, a 6-foot-1 guard, averaged 25.2 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game as a junior for the Bruins. He is rated as a four-star recruit by, and listed at No. 88 overall.

Smotherman is a 6-6 forward from Lawrence North. He averaged 9.9 points and 6.3 rebounds per game last season.

Stephens is a 6-5 guard from St. Charles (Ill.) East. He averaged better than 24 points per game as a junior and is ranked No. 66 overall by