Weekend Wrap With Purdue Basketball Targets


The Boiling Point: Several Purdue basketball recruiting targets took part in AAU action over the weekend in Virginia.

With college and high school basketball seasons complete, the AAU circuit has heated up. That means handfuls of Purdue recruits and targets are busy all over the country.

2012 verbal commit Raphael Davis, a 6-foot-4 wing, was in action at the Boo Williams Invite in Hampton, Va., during the weekend, as well as 2012 target D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera. Smith-Rivera has yet to commit. Davis was one of the top scorers in Indiana this past season in Fort Wayne. Here’s what Eric Bossi of Rivals.com had to say about Davis after Day 3 of the invite.

"Raphael Davis, SG, Spiece – The 6-foot-4 wing isn’t necessarily the fastest or highest-jumper among shooting guards on the block. Sometimes, the Purdue commitment’s game is even a little ugly, but he sure found ways to score on Sunday. Davis was knocking in outside looks, using his strength to get to the rim and really played with purpose."

As for Smith-Rivera, Bossi seemed impressed by the effort he delivers on the floor.

"D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera, PG, Spiece – The physical Smith-Rivera got off to a slow start against the NY Gauchos but came on strong late as he and his team fell just short during a furious comeback attempt. While his strength certainly helps, DSR is more clever and quick off the bounce than he’s given credit for and an underrated playmaker for others. His mistakes are generally born out of effort and he generally corrects them quickly."

In other recruiting news, Indianapolis North Central point guard Ronnie Johnson, the younger brother of current Purdue guard Terone Johnson, was recently offered by Purdue. Ronnie is a 2012 recruit. It’s still not clear how Purdue coach Matt Painter would take on another 2012 recruit currently without oversigning. As it stands, the class is three deep with Davis, Jay Simpson and Kyle Molock.

We will update on other high schoolers that Purdue is targeting throughout the AAU season.