Notebook: 2014 recruiting updates

ESPN 60 small forward Trevon Bluiett (Indianapolis/Park Tudor) is playing with a ton of confidence on the travel team circuit. It makes sense that he would be out there getting things done in the spring because he said playing AAU and travel ball is the most rewarding thing he’s done in basketball.

“Nothing gets better than this, and it’s more competition here than in school ball,” Bluiett said. “If I wasn’t playing travel ball, I wouldn’t be the player I am now.”

The player he is now is a mixture of guard and forward wrapped in a strong, college-ready body. He used to just be a shooter, but now he’s doing a little bit of everything -- and just in time because here come the scholarship offers.

Bluiett is a priority recruit for Butler, Michigan, Indiana, Purdue, DePaul and Cincinnati. Notre Dame is also calling to get back into the mix. When that phone rings from Brad Stevens or Butler assistant Michael Lewis, Bluiett is picking up quickly these days. Ditto for calls from Michigan assistant LaVall Jordan, who, by the way, is a Butler graduate. As a result, there are solid odds that a Butler man gets to coach this kid.

Then again, Bluiett credits travel ball with helping him see that the world is a little bigger than a car ride to college. “Being away from home all the time, that already helps you with college,” he said. “That way distance won’t be a factor.”

What will be a factor are relationships. And simply by the terminology Bluiett uses to describe those relationships, you can tell he’s serious. “The right school has the player-coach relationship, and I’d say that player-player relationship as well,” Bluiett added.

Bluiett’s recruitment will definitely be one to watch. Here are some more news and notes and updated offer lists from the basketball recruiting world: