Purdue landed a sniper on Monday afternoon as 6-foot-4 shooting guard Ryan Cline committed to the Boilermakers, according to his Twitter.
Cline is a three-star prospect according to Rivals.com and the son of former Ohio State two-time captain Mike Cline, who played for the Buckeyes from 1976 to 1979.
Ryan Cline shot the ball well in the adidas Gauntlet with Indiana Elite this spring as he played in 11 games and shot 41 percent from the three-point line and 92 percent from the free-throw line while averaging 11.1 points per game.
Cline struggled to 36 percent overall shooting from the field but his perimeter game is his major strength. Once Cline adds strength it should help his game in the Big Ten.
The addition of a shooter like Cline also helps Matt Painter’s Boilermakers, as the team shot 32 percent from three-point range last season.
Clemson landed a quality commitment on Tuesday as Class of 2017 guard A.J. Oliver committed to the Tigers. The son of Clemson women’s head coach Audra Smith, Oliver is regarded as a three-star prospect, according to Rivals, although some others view him as a top-100 caliber player.
The 6-foot-4 Oliver attends nearby Daniel High School and should have some time to get acclimated with the players and coaches before he sets foot on campus. A versatile guard who plays hard, Oliver showed that he can make plays with the ball in his hands this summer with the Upward Stars.
Oliver is Clemson’s first commitment in the Class of 2017 and it’s a strong start for head coach Brad Brownell.
Arizona will be without senior center Kaleb Tarczewski for 4-to-6 weeks, the school announced on Tuesday. The 7-foot Tarczewski suffered a stress reaction and strained muscle to his left foot and he’ll have some time to heal before the main portion of the Pac-12 conference schedule.
The experienced Tarczewski was averaging 8.6 points and 7.2 rebounds per game before going down with injury. Without the senior in the lineup, Arizona fell to Providence in the Wooden Legacy last week. Without Tarczewski in the lineup, the Wildcats could turn to center Dusan Ristic while forward Ryan Anderson has had some solid outings this season.
Missing Tarczewski for the rest of non-conference play will hurt but he’ll get to rest and recover for the stretch run while the Wildcats can mix in some new frontcourt pieces.