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STATE CHAMPS! SCOUT TEAM: Indiana Basketball Recruiting Notebook >> Purdue plucks another Waddell; Heritage Hills’ Gordon picks CMU

By: SCOTT M. BURNSTEIN, April 26, 2021, 11:43 am

Brian Waddell will be a Boilermaker after all. 

Carmel’s 6-foot-5 senior captain and rock of consistency on the wing committed to Purdue last week, accepting his first high-major offer and deciding to follow in his dad’s footsteps. Just like his dad, he’s a true grinder and gym rat. But he’s more athletic and probably has a slightly better hardwood IQ at this age than his pops did, so his upside is substantial at the next level.

Waddell led Carmel to a state title earlier this month. Purdue offered the next day. He averaged 18 points and eight rebounds per night this winter and emerged as the feel-good story of the Indy area hoop scene with college recruiters finally taking notice. 

Waddell’s dad Matt started in the backcourt with Boilermakers head coach Matt Painter in the mid-1990s when Purdue won back-to-back Big Ten titles (1994 and 1995) and reached the Elite 8 in the 1994 NCAA Tournament. Matt Waddell prepped at Tipton.

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Central to the issue 

Heritage Hills senior forward Rebekah Gordon signed with Central Michigan last week after decommitting from Auburn earlier this month following a coaching change.

The diversely-skilled 6-1 Gordon can go inside and out in the front court — she averaged 20 points and eight rebounds per game and shot 40 percent from beyond the arc in 2021. She was the Courier-Journal’s Player of the Year for southern Indiana and finished as Heritage Hills’ second all-time leading scorer.

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In the offer department

• Noblesville sophomore girls hoopster Ashlynn Shade (24 ppg, four apg, four rpg) earned an offer from Notre Dame. 

• South Bend Washington sophomore girls cager RaShunda Jones (18 ppg, four apg, four spg) reeled in a Purdue offer.

• Indianapolis Crispus Attucks sophomore boys hoopster Jalen Hooks (6-7) just locked down an offer from Georgia.

• North Central sophomore boys basketball up-and-comer Joey Brown bagged an offer from LSU.

• IUPUI spread out offers to Hooks, Carmel’s coldblooded junior shooting guard Pete Suder, Mt. Vernon’s intriguing junior off-guard Ahmad Jarrard, Heritage Christian silky smooth sophomore wing Myles Colvin and Bloomington North sophomore pogo-stick forward JQ Roberts.

• Jarrad also picked up an offer from Coastal Carolina.