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March 5, 2013

Hoops: Another 2014 prospect to visit March 10

Michigan will host Indiana Sunday in the season finale, at which point we should know what's on the line in terms of Big Ten Tournament seeding. Class of 2014 offeree Devin Booker (6-4, Rivals.com's No. 23 junior nationally) of Moss Point (Miss.) and Franklin (Ohio) target Vince Edwards (6-5, No. 64) will be joined in attendance by another class of 2014 target.

Indianapolis (Ind.) Park Tudor four-star Trevon Bluiett (6-6, No. 46) has taken trips to Indiana and Butler for games this year. He's been trying to make it to Ann Arbor, and he'll finally get his opportunity.

Unfortunately, it comes after Broad Ripple eliminated him (and his Park Tudor team} from the state 2A playoffs. The state Class 2A sectional semifinal loss, the second setback this year at Broad Ripple, ended Park Tudor's season at 21-3.

Bluiett scored 30 points in the 69-67 loss, played on Broad Ripple's home floor. He'll now start to turn his attention to recruiting. He holds offers from Butler, Indiana, Illinois, Florida, Iowa, Kansas State, Louisville, Notre Dame, Purdue and others in addition to Michigan, but U-M, Butler and IU appear to be his top three.

Several Park Tudor players had been slowed by the flu in the days before the game, the Indianapolis Star reported, but Park Tudor coach Ed Schilling wouldn't use that as an excuse.

"We had 85 kids absent from school this week with three seniors not at school," Schilling said. " - Just a stomach virus went through the school, ut that is neither here nor there. We played well. They played better."

The Panthers had won the past two Class 2A state titles.

Bluiett struggled to a 4-of-17 showing from the field but made 21-of-26 free throws.

"They were physical with him," Schillng said. "They did a great job. I thought our kids gave everything. They played their hearts out. They played better. It happens."

Bluiett's father, Reynardo, confirmed Bluiett would be on campus.

Bluiett averaged over 26 points per game this year for the Panthers. Not the best athlete in his class, he is a deadly shooter and great passer with high basketball IQ. He told TheWolverine.com last month Michigan assistant LaVall Jordan had maintained contact with him, adding he had no leaders and would focus more on recruiting after his junior season.

See below for our film of his 36-point game in a February win over Brebeuf. Visit The Fort, our premium message board, for the latest vibe on where Bluiett might be leaning.

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