WEST LAFAYETTE – A look at who Purdue coach Matt Painter and his staff are targeting in future recruiting classes.
Name: Trent Sisley
School: Heritage Hills
Before Sisley even played a high school game, a scholarship to a Big Ten program was already waiting. Painter moved quickly with Sisley.
“I thought it could be coming soon but I didn’t know how soon. It’s still super early,” Sisley said.
While Sisley is headed into this sophomore season with offers from Purdue and Indiana, there’s no such thing as too early in recruiting. Painter extended the offer in October last fall and the 6-foot-7 forward is still processing the time in which it happened.
“It was pretty special because it was before I even played a high school game,” said Sisley, who turns 16 in August. “Obviously, that’s one of your goals growing up is to get offers and start watching the hard work pay off a little bit. I’m still not satisfied.”
His older brother, Blake, transferred to Wright State following his first season at Evansville where he earned a spot on the Missouri Valley All-Freshman team.
As a freshman, Sisley averaged 19.9 points, 9.2 rebounds and shot 57% from the field. He made 21 3-pointers while shooting 40% from beyond the arc.
“My shooting has gotten a lot better since last school season during the winter,” he said. “I’ve been working on my defense, at least trying to improve it. Those two are the main things I’m focused on right now.”
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The AAU season gives Sisley a chance to work on his perimeter skills, but he’s needed more inside for Heritage Hills and that helps his overall game improve.
“I play a little bit more in the post during high school because the size is a little bit less, but I still venture out and shoot 3s and play some guard,” he said. “As I’ve gotten older, I’ve started moving out to the wing and playing more of a guard position – a stretch 4. My handles have gotten better, my shot has gotten better.”
It won’t be long before Sisley adds more scholarships to his list. Cincinnati, Tennessee and Northwestern are showing interest. Sisley isn’t in a hurry to speed up the process.
“There’s so much time,” he said.
Mike Carmin covers Purdue sports for the Journal & Courier. Email firstname.lastname@example.org and follow on Twitter and Instagram @carmin_jc
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