By Marcus Shockley

Peter Jurkin delighted Indiana Hoosier fans when he decided to head to Midwest to play his college basketball, bringing with him a true center’s game to the storied basketball school. We caught up with Peter and he offered his take on 7 Questions.

1. What are the biggest reasons for choosing Indiana?

I have family that lives there, I enjoyed the campus when I visit, and I believe the coaching staff can continue my development!

2. We saw you play last May in the Bob Gibbons TOC and you tried to block everything that came in the paint. With your size and athleticism, do you feel that this is the strongest part of your game?

Yes, I enjoy defending but I have other aspects of my game that hasn’t been shown!

3. What parts of your game are you working on this summer?

Getting stronger and polishing up my post game!

4. Now that you’ve committed, what does your spring and summer look like? Will you be playing the same amount and events as before, or trying something different?

Spring and summer(getting healthier) and getting ready for some tournaments, not all!

5. Do you have a player (at any level, college or pro) that you admire?

Yes, Kevin Garnett and Dwight Howard.

6. A lot of big men today want to become forwards, but you look very much at home in the paint. Do you see yourself as a pure center?


7. If you could tell people one thing about you that you wish they to knew, what would it be?

I’m very humble and I’m a good artist…really!

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Rodney Purvis
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Rodney Purvis, 2013 star PG and interested in NC State Wolfpack.

More from scout James Blackburn and the 2010 Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions, with the 2012 classes and one player from 2013, Rodney Purvis.

Class of 2013 edit-Rodney has since reclassified to 2012.

Rodney Purvis (PG, 6’2″, 165)
Player Highlights
Upper Room Christian Academy
Raleigh, NC
AAU team- CP3 All-Stars

Scouting Report
Good size, athletic, ball handling, different finishing moves

College Interest
NC State

He is going to be going to the 15u super showcase with his AAU team, the CP3 All-Stars later this summer in FL. He is going to be working on his jumper a lot this summer with his HS coach.

Class of 2012

Andre Drummond (C, 6’11”, 265)
Player Highlights
St. Thomas More HS
Oakdale, CT
AAU team- Connecticut Basketball Club

Scouting Report
#1 Center in his class according to Very good shot blocker, can hit the mid range, good athlete. Strong rebounder.

College Interest
Offers from UConn, Syracuse, Louisville, Texas, West Virginia, Georgetown, Mass, and Rutgers.

Very young player who is enjoying the recruiting scene- does not have any favorites so far- is trying to lay low according to his coach. He has taken an un-official visit to Providence. He is just trying to continually work on develop a all-around game. Wants to be a mix between Lebron James and Dwight Howard.

Reggie Dillard (SG, 6’3″, 210)
Dudley HS
Greensboro, NC
AAU team- CP3 All-stars

Scouting Report
Determined defender and solid 3-point shooter

College Interest

Peter Jurkin (C, 7’0″, 220)
Player Highlights
United Faith Christian Academy
Charlotte, NC
AAU team- Indiana Elite/Team Indiana

Scouting Report
Very long and athletic- tries to block everything and either blocks or influences every shot that is put up in paint

College Interest
Indiana- they have offered

Quayshad Williams
Greensboro Day School Power Forward / 6-7/ 240
Greensboro, NC
AAU- Greensboro Gators
Scouting Report: Good hands, good touch around the rim
College Interest:

Grant Jerrett (F, 6’8″, 210)
Lutheran HS
La Verne, CA
AAU team- Belmont Shore

Scouting Report
Very long, big/wide shoulders, Runs the floor and can shoot the 3

College Interest
Has offers from Arizona, UNLV, USC, Washington, and UCLA. Is also receiving interest from Gonzaga and Arizona St.

Josh Smith (C, 6’7″, 235)
Olympic HS
Charlotte, NC
AAU team- Carolina Raptors

Scouting Report
Very strong, good rebounder who grabs everything with 2 hands, good finisher

College Interest
V. Tech, LSU- no offers yet

Trying to work on guard skills this summer. Is going to work on increasing his shooting range and dribbling skills.

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