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Purdue announces men's basketball recruiting class

Northrop's Bryson Scott, Basil Smotherman and Kendall Stephens comprise Purdue's Class of 2013, which is ranked No. 23 overall by Scout.com and No. 26 overall by Rivals.com.

"With the class before this one having three bigs, we needed to add some depth in our backcourt," Purdue coach Matt Painter said in a statement. "With the signings of Bryson Scott, Basil Smotherman and Kendall Stephens, I think we've been able to land three very good players. They'll not only help us improve our guard play, but they'll give us more options in the backcourt.

"We're excited about all three guys. They all bring something a little bit different, and they're really going to help us solidify our backcourt."

Scott, a 6-foot-1 guard, averaged 25.2 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game as a junior for the Bruins. He is rated as a four-star recruit by Rivals.com, and listed at No. 80 overall.

"Bryson Scott is a player who's very good with the basketball," Painter said. "He's physical strong, and he's really worked on his perimeter game in terms of becoming a consistent three-point shooter and having an effective pull-up. He's always been a guy who can get to the basket and finish or get to the free throw line, and he really brings a tenacity at both ends of the floor."

Smotherman is a 6-6 forward from Lawrence North. He is rated as a three-star recruit. He averaged 9.9 points and 6.3 rebounds per game last season.

"Basil fits the mold of a couple guys who are already at Purdue in Terone and Ronnie Johnson," Greene said. "He works his butt off every day, and he's really blossomed over the last year. Basil has really reenergized himself and he's going to have a great college career."

Stephens is a 6-5 guard from St. Charles (Ill.) East. He averaged better than 24 points per game as a junior and is ranked No. 59 overall by Rivals.com.

"Kendall Stephens has really made some strides physically, and in his overall game, over the past year," Painter said. "He's a very good shooter who can catch and shoot out to about 23 or 24 feet. He's really improved in putting the ball and floor and going to his pull-up. His game will continue to improve as he improves physically, and that physical maturity will be a tell-tale for him."

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