Originally posted on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 11/14/12
The Purdue basketball staff wrapped up one of the nation’s top recruiting classes on Wednesday, as a highly-regarded trio signed National Letters of Intent to begin competing for the Boilermakers in the 2013-14 season. Bryson Scott, Basil Smotherman and Kendall Stephens comprise a class that is ranked as the 23rd-best in the nation by both Rivals.com and Scout.com. “With the class before this one having three bigs, we needed to add some depth in our backcourt,” Painter said. “With the signings of Bryson Scott, Basil Smotherman and Kendall Stephens, I think we’ve been able to land three very good players. They’ll not only help us improve our guard play, but they’ll give us more options in the backcourt.   “We’re excited about all three guys. They all bring something a little bit different, and they’re really going to help us solidify our backcourt.”   Each of the Boilermakers’ signees has strong ties to the state of Indiana, as Scott and Smotherman are in-state products and Stephens is the son of Purdue Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame member and former Boilermaker basketball standout Everette Stephens.   Purdue’s 2012 Signing Class Bryson Scott – G // 6-1 // 180 // Ft. Wayne, Ind. // Northrop Basil Smotherman – F // 6-6 // 205 // Indianapolis, Ind. // Lawrence North Kendall Stephens – G // 6-5 // 165 // St. Charles, Ill. // St. Charles East     Paul M. Banks is CEO of The Sports Bank.net, a Google News site generating millions of unique visitors. He’s also a regular contributor to Chicago Now, Chicago Tribune.com, Walter Football.com, Yardbarker, and Fox Sports A Fulbright scholar and MBA, Banks has appeared on live radio all over the world; he’s also a member of the Football Writers Association of America, U.S. Basketball Writers Association, and Society of Professional Journalists. The President of the United States follows him on Twitter (@Paul_M_BanksTSB) You should too.
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