WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (Purdue Sports) — Purdue head coach Matt Painter has announced that three prospects have signed their national letters of intent and will join the Boilermakers for the 2020-21 season.
Guards Jaden Ivey and Ethan Morton and center Zach Edey have submitted their paperwork and are officially members of the Purdue basketball program.
"I think this class is really going to help us. We were able to sign two really good guards in Ethan (Morton) and Jaden (Ivey) and then a center like Zach Edey after reclassifying is big for our program," Painter said. "This is a very strong group with high basketball IQs and athleticism and will fit in our program very well.
The class is currently ranked in the top 30 of all major recruiting services, including 14th by 247Sports, good for second in the Big Ten.
ZACH EDEY / Center / 7-3 / 280 / Toronto, Ontario / IMG Academy (Fla.)
- A 3-star recruit according to 247Sports, Edey committed to the Boilermakers on Nov. 9.
- Reclassified from the Class of 2021 to 2020, getting Purdue involved as Coach Painter looked to get a big man in the class.
- Chose Purdue over offers from Baylor, Minnesota and Seton Hall and interest from Florida State.
- Played for the Northern Kings AAU program out of Canada.
- Rated as the fourth-ranked prep player in Canada.
- Will sign as the tallest player in Purdue history (tied with Matt Haarms).
- Was a hockey and baseball player growing up, but his size moved him to basketball.
- Has tremendous length and is athletic for his size. Has a high ceiling with his size.
- Chose Purdue in part because of its tradition with developing big men.
QUOTABLE: "We are very excited that Zach chose to reclassify, which gave us the opportunity to recruit him. He's got tremendous upside and can move really well for someone his size. He can get up and down the court and has a really good feel for what is happening on the floor. He isn't just a low-post player and that is something that is developing with his size, in that they can do other things. We are really looking forward in helping him develop and working with him. He is somewhere between Isaac Haas and Matt Haarms."
JADEN IVEY / Guard / 6-3 / 180 / South Bend, Ind. / LaLumiere Prep
- A 4-star recruit according to 247Sports, Ivey committed to the Boilermakers on April 24.
- An explosive scorer, Ivey is ranked 73rd by 247Sports nationally. Can shoot the three and drive to the basket and has an outstanding pull-up game.
- Averaged 25.1 points per game and shot almost 40 percent from 3-point range a year ago at Marian, before transferring to LaLumiere Prep this past summer.
- Would have been the favorite for Indiana's Mr. Basketball in 2021.
- Played for Indy Heat over the summer on the Nike EYBL circuit, Ivey averaged 14.1 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.8 assists while shooting 43.1 percent from 3-point range.
- Was named the Northern Indiana Conference MVP and received multiple All-State accolades, including third-team AP All-State and a spot on the IBCA Underclass All-State Supreme 15 as a junior.
- Chose Purdue over offers from Notre Dame and Butler, but his early commitment likely scared off college coaches.
- Mother, Niele, is an assistant coach with the Memphis Grizzlies.
QUOTABLE: "Jaden gives us elite speed and athleticism to go along with a great work ethic. He has put a lot of time into his game and has worked hard to get to where he is at. He's a late developer, but has a very high ceiling with his athleticism and ability. He can really break people down off the dribble. He has the potential to be an outstanding defensive player."
ETHAN MORTON / Guard / 6-6 / 190 / Butler, Pa. / Butler Area
- A 4-star recruit according to 247Sports, Morton committed to the Boilermakers on May 9.
- Ranked No. 77 by 247Sports and No. 74 by Rivals, Morton is a fantastic all-around player that averaged 27.5 points, 10.3 rebounds, 8.1 assists and 2.6 steals as a junior at Butler Area High School outside Pittsburgh. Shot 57 percent from the field.
- A pass-first point guard, Morton will have plenty of options to find the shooters on the court at Purdue.
- Cited his relationship with Coach Painter as one of the big contributing factors to his commitment.
- Earned Player of the Year honors from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and tallied 51 points as a junior in a Pennsylvania high school tournament game.
- Is active with USA Basketball, helping USA Basketball to a U18 3-on-3 world championship in Mongolia last summer. Also participated in USA Basketball's Junior National Team Training Camp at the Final Four in April.
- Has elite basketball IQ, making his very dangerous as a point guard. Matt Clement, his high school coach who was a former Major League Baseball pitcher, says "there is nobody better at finding open shooters. He's the best high school passer I've ever seen".
- Purdue coaches have compared him to former Purdue standout Dakota Mathias.
- Chose Purdue over offers from Indiana, Butler, Pittsburgh, Stanford, Michigan, Marquette, Northwestern and Ohio State.
QUOTABLE: "Ethan might be the best passer we have recruited here at Purdue. He really understands the game and knows what is going on. He makes other people better and really plays hard. He has good athleticism and will be able to play other positions, using his versatility. I like him as an offensive point guard because he knows where everyone is on the floor. He gets the ball where and when it needs to be and is a tremendous leader."
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