Indiana Basketball: Hoosier target Trey Kaufman commits to Purdue

Archie Miller, Indiana Basketball. (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images)
Archie Miller, Indiana Basketball. (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images) /

Indiana Basketball has missed out on a big-time recruit in Trey Kaufman.

People have debated a lot of things about Archie Miller’s coaching tenure at Indiana, but one thing can’t be refuted: he has done a phenomenal job recruiting, especially in the state of Indiana.
However, when you are forced to recruit every single year, there will be inevitable losses. Miller has been lucky to escape most recruiting seasons with minimal damage but may have suffered his biggest loss today.

Trey Kaufman, the 6’8″ power forward from Sellersburg, Indiana, has been a hot topic on this website, mainly due to my fondness for his game. He played his cards extremely close to the vest for the entirety of his recruitment but appeared to be an IU lean for quite some time. However, rumors of a Purdue commitment began to swirl on social media yesterday, culminating in leaked audio of his commitment being played over the radio. He refuted the legitimacy of the clip but ended up committing to play in West Lafayette anyway.

This is a major loss for Miller. I believe Kaufman has the chance to be a truly special player, and it has been a long time since I have wanted to see a high schooler in cream and crimson jersey this badly. Hoosier fans aren’t just being robbed of the chance to see this supreme talent play in Bloomington — we have to watch him play for our arch-nemesis.

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It is disappointing to realize the “what-ifs?” will never happen, but we also need to recognize that Kaufman is an 18-year old who is probably having one of the happiest days of his life today. So please, be polite, and don’t go after a kid on social media for making the decision he thinks is best for his life. This is a sad day for all Indiana fans, but there are plenty more fantastic recruits in the class of 2021 who can take priority now that Kaufman is committed to the Boilermakers.

One thing is certain: this rivalry will never die.