Purdue men's basketball signs talented trio

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Head coach Matt Painter and the Purdue men's basketball staff wrapped up one of the nation's top recruiting classes on Wednesday, as a highly-regarded trio signed National Letters of Intent to begin competing for the Boilermakers in the 2013-14 season.

Bryson Scott, Basil Smotherman and Kendall Stephens comprise a class that is ranked as the 23rd-best in the nation by both Rivals.com and Scout.com.

"With the class before this one having three bigs, we needed to add some depth in our backcourt," Painter said. "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."

Each of the Boilermakers' signees has strong ties to the state of Indiana, as Scott and Smotherman are in-state products and Stephens is the son of Purdue Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame member and former Boilermaker basketball standout Everette Stephens.

Purdue's 2012 Signing Class

Bryson Scott – G // 6-1 // 180 // Ft. Wayne, Ind. // Northrop

Basil Smotherman – F // 6-6 // 205 // Indianapolis, Ind. // Lawrence North

Kendall Stephens – G // 6-5 // 165 // St. Charles, Ill. // St. Charles East