Shortly after his NW Ohio team had been knocked out of the Bill Hensley Memorial Run-N-Slam, a few things seemed clear when speaking with Dakota Mathias. He didn't seem to keen on the recruiting process, he was ready to commit soon and Purdue was in great shape.
After saying Sunday afternoon that he would commit within the next few weeks, the 6-foot-3 shooting guard from Elida (Ohio) went ahead and ended committed to Matt Painter's Boilermakers a few hours after being interviewed.
Painter and his staff found a guy they liked and made him a priority and it didn't go unnoticed.
"They've shown me the most love and Coach Painter has been to two of my high school games," Mathias told Rivals.com "I went on an official there and they did the home visit. They keep in constant contact with me and when I went on that official I felt really about it and all the people I met."
The Run-N-Slam was Mathias' introduction to national scouts and he impressed.
He doesn't have incredible size at 6-foot-3 (maybe 6-fooot-4) and he isn't a high flyer, but make no mistake he can play. He shot the ball very well throughout the weekend, proved to be an outstanding passer and always seemed to make good decisions.
Currently an unranked three-star prospect, Mathias will certainly be given heavy consideration for the 2014 Rivals150 when it is next updated.
For now, Mathias is just focusing on getting ready for college. He knows he can shoot well, but he's being careful to not be one dimensional.
"You can't be one dimensional or they'll expose that on the college level," said Mathias. "So I'm working on hall handling and other things so I can't just be shut out like that."