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Graduate transfer market for Purdue becoming clearer


Purdue's graduate transfer recruiting board seems to be taking shape, with a trio of guards coming into the picture.

Charleston Southern's Christian Keeling announced on Sunday night that he's narrowed his list to five: Purdue, North Carolina, N.C. State, Clemson and Georgia Tech.

The 6-foot-4 Augusta native is known as big, tough scoring guard. The first-team All-Big South guard averaged 18.7 points and nearly seven rebounds as a junior, shooting 46.5 percent from the field and 38 percent from three-point range.

Big South rival Jahaad Proctor of High Point, meanwhile, has booked an official visit to Purdue the weekend of April 26, has confirmed. West Virginia and Wichita State are among others recruiting the 6-3, 215-pound Harrisburg, Pa., native.

The former Iona player led Tubby Smith's High Point team in scoring at 19.5 points this season, shooting 46.4 percent, and 33 percent from three, a team-leading 101 assists.

Purdue has reached out, too, to Indianapolis' Bryce Moore, who's departing Western Michigan after redshirting this past season due to injury.

In 2017-18, Moore averaged 9.8 points on 39-percent three-point shooting and was named to the MAC's All-Defensive team. In his three seasons playing for the Broncos, the Park Tudor alumnus shot 37 percent from three-point range.

Moore has already taken visits to Creighton and Xavier.

While Purdue's focus is on backcourt help, it has also expressed preliminary interest in William and Mary forward Justin Pierce and North Florida's Noah Horchler.

Purdue has as many as three scholarship to use this spring, and its preference would seem to be to find immediate help for next season from the grad-transfer wire, in part to keep its full allotment of scholarships available for its 2020 recruiting class.


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