Small forward Trevon Bluiett (Indianapolis/Park Tudor) has always had good relationships with his coaches, though none as good as his current AAU coach -- his father. And for him, that type of coach/player relationship will be a cornerstone in his recruitment.
"I'd like to keep that kind of a relationship in the future," Bluiett said. "On my visits, I watch how the players interact with each other and how the coach interacts with the players. I'm looking at the relationships and I'm seeing what it's like between me and a coach."
In June Bluiett visited campuses and coaches from Louisville, Kentucky, Xavier, Indiana and Michigan, where he got an offer from Wolverines coach John Beilein.
"We sat in the conference room and he was so straightforward, just laid out a plan of how he sees me fitting into the program," Bluiett said. "Then we talked about academics and he offered me. That was my first offer I got in person, so that was a really good feeling."
Beilein said he could see Bluiett as a player similar to Tim Hardaway Jr., creating shots for himself and others.
And like many other Beilein recruits, Bluiett has a deadly stroke from outside. During the current AAU circuit, Bluiett has shot 48 percent from behind the arc -- an improvement from his 45-percent 3-point shooting during his sophomore year of high school.
But what Trevon's father, Reynardo, thinks separates his son from other 6-foot-5 prospects isn't his versatility on the floor, but rather, his basketball IQ. Trevon has always been a student of the game, and Reynardo always stressed that he needed to know and understand the game and that he plays with that understanding, as well.
"I play with a lot of pride," Bluiett said. "Even when I'm off my game, I keep playing. I have confidence and leadership. I could care less about stats and all that. All I want to do is win as a team."
That attitude along with Bluiett's skill has gotten him the attention of several schools. He holds 12 offers, including four from Big Ten schools.
But even with the daily calls from those coaches, recruiters and reporters, Bluiett is finding a way to stay relaxed during the often stressful recruiting process. And much of that can be attributed to his father/coach, helping him keep his head on straight.
"He just keeps telling me to enjoy it all, take it all in," Bluiett said of his father's advice. "He wants me to keep being a kid, though. He knows not many people get this opportunity so I need to take it in and enjoy it, but keep it in perspective."