Bluiett commits to UCLA

Not sure exactly when this became official or who broke it (I’m on an airplane coming back from a wedding outside of Philly) but Park Tudor forward Trevon Bluiett committed to UCLA where former Park Tudor coach Ed Schilling is now an assistant under Steve Alford. Bluiett got an IU offer as a freshman and was a long-time target, and the Hoosiers were one of his seven finalists.


  1. well good luck! Makes you want to go himmmmm. Well I hope we can find someone that can play. Good luck to him and UCLA.

  2. I can think of a lot better players to go after if u have to hire their coach to get them. at this rate he will run out of staff jobs before he fills his roster.

  3. Alford only feels comfortable in recruiting in Indiana, even if he it means hiring players’ coaches. It would be better for him if he would build a recruitment base in California, a big state. After all, as noted, he can only hire so many coaches.

    Frankly, I don’t think he feels confident in doing that. And that could very well be his downfall at UCLA.

  4. I wish them the best. Alford did a lot for IU. Bluiett did not appear to be a top target for IU per the scouting websites. UCLA is also going after Whitehead, Okonoboh, and Humphrey per scouting websites.

  5. For clarification and to be fair here, Schilling took the Park Tudor job after he’d already been a head coach at Wright State and an assistant at UMass, Memphis and with the New Jersey Nets. And he’s a long-time friend of Alford’s. It’s not like he’s tied all of his coaching hopes to Trevon Bluiett. He’s a former Calipari assistant, so you’re free to make whatever presumptions you want in that regard, but this is not a situation where a coach only got a job because of a prospect.

  6. DD,

    Your being fair is justified. But the clarification expands to this; he brought Broussard from NM for continuity in selling his brand of program, Grace came from Oregon State to fortify the recruiting relationships of the left coast and Schilling was hired to support, bolsters and reinforce the connection to the “old home state”. By damn it worked. They got TB. Plan your work, work your plan. I cannot say I fault Alford at all.

  7. Alford isnt the only out of state coach with INstate awareness. Illinois Coach John Groce is from Danville,Indiana and asst coached and recruited for Thad Matta at Ohio State.Illinois just got a commitment from Leron Black

  8. Trevon Bluiett will score a lot of points for UCLA. Bluiett is a natural shooter and he will be coached by one of the best college shooters of all time. It’s IU’s loss. One thing that is lacking on the current IU roster is a natural shooter like Bluiett. We could really use a guy like him. IU has athletes who will score off fast breaks and off their quickness. But it’s hard to see who is going to score consistently from midrange shots and beyond the 3-point line. It’s also hard to see who will score against strong defensive teams like Michigan State. The inability of IU to successfully recruit any of the four highly talented in-state top-50 players in the 2014 class is a real disappointment. Maybe we will land the other top players we are going after: Whitehead, Okonoboh, and Johnson–and Exum if he doesn’t go pro. We’ll see.

  9. Clarion,
    Also fair. Wasn’t at all suggesting that relationships and connections didn’t or don’t factor in. They always do. But regardless of all of those, I think it’s fair to say that Schilling would have still been qualified for the position whether he got Bluiett or not. He’s proven he can coach basketball at that level.

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