Pitch: "Stay home and win."
All four major Indiana schools are chasing Indianapolis swingman Trevon Bluiett. Among his 24 offers are invitations from IU, Purdue, Notre Dame and Butler.
An interview with CBSSports.com noted that a school most of the way across the country has taken a piece of Bluiett's home to Los Angeles. New UCLA coach Steve Alford, being well-versed in who's who in Indiana basketball, hired Ed Schilling as an assistant when he took over in late March. Schilling was Bluiett's coach at Park Tudor High School.
If Bluiett's interested in remaining close to home, though, he's got Indiana and Butler charging hard after his signature. Those two schools can offer something that Purdue and Notre Dame simply can't: somewhat recent Final Four success.
The Boilermakers haven't been to the national semifinals since 1980, and it's been even longer (1978) for the Fighting Irish. Indiana, for its part, has only been to two Final Fours since its last title in 1987, while the nouveau riche Bulldogs, now members of the Big East Conference, have been to two in the last four years.
To Tom Crean's credit, Bluiett told CBS that he was impressed with Crean's development of players like Dwyane Wade and Steve Novak at Marquette. In that job, Crean made—you guessed it—a Final Four in 2003.
Bluiett has also gotten some insight into how Crean runs his program by talking to former Park Tudor teammate and current IU point guard Yogi Ferrell.
Is there really no place like home? Trevon Bluiett will provide a compelling case study.