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Spiece wing struggles to get grip on recruiting

– Spiece Indy Heat wing Trevon Bluiett has options as he prepares for his senior year of high school.

The 6-foot-5 Park Tudor product has 20, in fact – scholarship offers from Indiana, Purdue, Butler and a host of others schools across the country.

At first, it was exciting. But as the offers have piled up, the small forward has struggled to narrow his focus.

His parents, he hopes, will be able to help soon. But between AAU basketball and other commitments, the Bluietts have been busy.

“We’ve got to start talking about these colleges and shorten up the list because soon, I’ll have to take my five official visits,” the senior-to-be said at the Spiece Run-n-Slam on May 4 in Fort Wayne. “I can’t take all 20. So we have to kind of shorten that up.”

Bluiett’s recruitment has been an up-and-down affair. For much of his sophomore year, chatter of an impending commitment to Indiana surrounded him. Then, the same feeling cropped up during the fall of his junior year.

But Bluiett never pulled the trigger, and this summer, his recruitment is as open as it has been.

“I haven’t had the time to sit down and go, ‘Here’s the pros, here’s the cons,’ ” he said. “Right now, everybody’s just equal.”

The Spiece product’s offer list spans 12 states, from Oregon to Florida and plenty in between. The Hoosiers and Butler are among his strongest suitors, and Michigan and UCLA have also made Bluiett a top target.

IU, which has been involved with Bluiett the longest, has plenty to offer, he said. Spiece teammate James Blackmon Jr., a former Bishop Luers player who will play for Marion next season, is committed to the Hoosiers. Former Park Tudor guard Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell, a sophomore-to-be on the IU basketball team, is also a close friend of Bluiett’s.

And the coaches are in touch, too.

“They’ve been texting me, calling me, that type of stuff – telling me how I played and just talking about all that type of stuff,” Bluiett said. “They’ve been keeping up, and I talk to Yogi every now and then. He tells me how the workouts are.”

But the Hoosiers are one of many. Purdue is also in touch with Bluiett, and coach Matt Painter and assistant Jack Owens have developed a similarly strong relationship with the Indianapolis-area wing.

“They came to my school a couple of times during the live period, so they’re in my ear a lot, too,” Bluiett said. “We talk every session, as well. I talk to coach Owens and coach Painter – I have a good relationship with both of them. They’ve been in my recruitment since eighth grade.”

Other schools, in and out of the state, have fought their way in, as well. He hopes to make a decision before the start of his senior basketball season, but with nearly two dozen schools on his trail, that could be difficult.

It’s a blessing and a curse, Bluiett said. He knows the longer he waits, the more difficult the process will be.

“Me and my parents have some things to think about,” he said. “We’re just so busy.”

smorrison@jg.net

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