A few years ago, Indiana went to Purdue’s backyard and knocked Rob Phinisee out of Lafayette.
Please consider us even.
In one of the more shocking developments on the recruiting front, Purdue traveled to southern Indiana and snapped a top 40 national player in taking Trey Kaufman out of Silver Creek HS near Louisville.
Let̵7;s look at the numbers; He ranks 31st nationally according to 247, 32nd according to Rivals and 72nd according to ESPN. He was rated slightly higher than Caleb Furst’s Caleb Furst (45 out of 347, 38 on Rivals). It was the first time Coach Painter had a top 50 rookie duo in a hiring run since JaJuan Johnson and E’Twaun Moore.
His run at Silver Creek has been impressive to date. As a sophomore in 2019, he led Silver Creek to the Grade 3A state championship with a 15.1 point average, 9 rebounds and 40% shot from three. He only scored four points in the title game, but he had 12 rebounds and six assists with an all-round match. It was a 52-49 win over Culver Academy with Ethan Brittain-Watts (currently playing for Boston University), Trey Galloway (now IU) and Deontae Craig (a 4-star defender finished in Iowa). His team went to 25-3, with three defeats gaining 15 points.
Silver Creek last season was 25-2, took 1st place, and won it before the IHSAA tournament ended. This includes a 78-74 win on December 14 over Furst. Even as freshman in 2018, his team was already 20-6 with the section title. His teammate, Kooper Jacobi, has committed to playing in Toledo.
To put it simply: Purdue has two of Indiana’s best strikers in the 2021 and two most highly rated players in their class. Kaufman at 6’8 “, 210 pounds more prediction than three with Furst at 6’8”, 215 as more than four, but they’re also interchangeable. Although not as highly regarded as Harrison Ingram, he is still a highly regarded player with a lot of money.