Middletown (Ohio) small forward Vince Edwards has a tough decision to make.
The 2014 Purdue target is stuck between the Boilermakers and Michigan, who are the two programs most involved with him. No other school, in fact, seems to be in the conversation for the prospect who is among the best wings in the country.
The reason the choice is so tough, he said, is that Purdue – which went 16-18 last season – and Michigan, the national title runner-up, are so similar.
“I don’t knock that on Purdue,” the 6-foot-6 forward said of the Boilermakers’ season. “I look at Purdue as a great school that’s been there for me since, like, the end my freshman year."
Matt Painter and John Beilein are close friends off the court, Edwards said, and the two use their swingmen in similar ways. And the similarities in style, personality and many other things – both tangible and intangible – have made it a tough call.
“They’re both great communities, the coaching staffs are the same,” Edwards said. “Coach Painter, coach Beilein, they’re all really close friends. … They’ll tell you that: They recruit the same type of guys. I definitely feel comfortable with both of them.”
Edwards is open to contact from other schools, although it seems it will be difficult for other programs to work themselves to the point Purdue and Michigan have reached. But even if those two are the perceived finalists at this point, it’s unclear when Edwards will make a decision.
Much of that has to do with how similar the schools battling for the rising senior are.
“It is pretty tough,” he said. “I want to make the right decision.”