April 29, 2005
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue men's basketball team has received high marks for its 2005-06 recruiting class, the first under head coach Matt Painter.
Purdue has signed five players to national letters of intent. It will also add Connecticut transfer Marcus White to the lineup following the first semester in December. White transferred in January.
Tarrance Crump, Marcus Green, Chris Lutz, Nate Minnoy and Korey Spates comprise a versatile backcourt on its way to West Lafayette.
"We feel that, even though we have five guards, they all are different in some way," said Painter. "We've got an experienced point guard, a scoring point guard, shooters, athletes and, in Nate Minnoy, a guy who can play three positions."
Bob Gibbons, a recruiting analyst for Rivals.com, gave the Boilermakers the top class in the Big Ten and a top-15 ranking nationally.
"You can make a strong case that this is the No. 1 recruiting class in the Big Ten," Gibbons said. "When we get the final results in, I'm going to say the Boilermakers are close to being in the top 15 nationally."
Hoopscooponline.com ranks the Boilermakers' class as the 22nd best in the nation and the best in the Big Ten. That ranking does not include White in the class.
Dave Telep, who runs theinsiders.com recruiting service, feels Painter and staff did an excellent job in year one of the recruiting process.
"It was an interesting year for Purdue with Matt Painter waiting for the season to end before taking over," said Telep. "However, Painter hit the recruiting trail hard all year long, with a big emphasis on finding a point guard. Crump is the answer to Painter's need at the position, and what's impressive about the spring signee is just how coveted he was, which speaks to the job Purdue did to land him. Overall, I think this is a solid Big Ten class. Minnoy is an intangibles kid, and Lutz is the guy who will be tasked with knocking down jumpers. This class is an excellent beginning to what is going to be a long run in West Lafayette."
In addition to the new talent, the Boilermakers also return their top two scorers from the 2004-05 season. Carl Landry led the team in scoring and rebounding and was a second team All-Big Ten selection as a junior. David Teague needs 109 more points to reach 1,000 in his career.
Van Coleman of hoopmasters.com agrees with the glowing endorsement of the newcomers and thinks the compliment the veterans.
"Currently, as recruiting winds down in the spring signing period, I see the Boilermaker class finishing among our top 30 nationally and either No. 1 or No. 2 in the Big Ten," said Coleman. "This Boilermaker class adds a physical insider who has size and quickness in 6-foot-8 Connecticut transfer Marcus White who should step right into the rotation with Landry, Kiefer, and Ware. In the backcourt they added toughness in Lutz and Minnoy, players who find ways to win. Look for them to add depth on the wings behind Teague and Dillon."
Coleman is one of many impressed with the abilities of Crump.
"The real key to improving the Boilermakers was added this spring when JUCO All-American Tarrance Crump signed," said Coleman. "He is a consummate point guard who runs show, makes teammates better and has quicks to create the up-tempo game. He will allow Korey Spates time to mature and get ready for Big Ten wars. This is a solid first class for the new staff under Painter and features a Windy City flair that the folks in West Lafayette haven't seen in a while."
Crump, Green, Minnoy and White all have ties to Chicago.