I’m not sure how a player can be ranked in the top 50 nationally and still seem like they’re under the radar but that’s how Trevon Bluiett’s career has gone. Part of a top heavy 2014 Indiana class, the #4 ranked recruit, according to Indiana Basketball Source, played in the shadows of some great players. During the summer he was part of a loaded Spiece Indy Hea AAU team that included the three players ranked ahead of him, Trey Lyles, JaQuan Lyle and James Blackmon Jr. During the school year at Park Tudor it was current Indiana University point guard Yogi Ferrell.
With all the big names and attention given to those players, all Bluiett had to do is do what he does best, score points, lot’s of them. Even with eventual Mr. Basketball Trey Lyles and lights out shooter Blackmon on the roster, Bluiett led Spiece in scoring. He led Park Tudor in scoring three straight seasons including his 35.7 point per game during his senior year. He finished his career with a school record of 2,568 points, good for sixth all-time in the state of Indiana. On top of that he won three class 2A state championships.
After making the Indiana All-Star team and also being named MVP of the Derby Festival Classic, Bluiett headed to Xavier University. While it takes most freshmen a while to adjust to playing college ball, Trevon hit the ground running. In his first regular season game the 6’6” forward scored 18 points on 6-8 shooting from the field. He followed that up with a 20 point, 8 rebound and 5 assist performance in a win over Long Beach State. Through his first five games of the season he shot an incredible 32-50 from the field. According to a tweet by Brian Snow, Bluiett was averaging almost two points per shot early in the season. .
Trevon Bluiett's efficiency this season has been beyond absurd... Averaging almost 2 points per shot
— Brian Snow (@BSnowScout) November 25, 2014
Bluiett has a couple of rough shooting games recently but through 10 games he’s leading the team in scoring (14.0 ppg) and is in the top five in six different categories. He’s was named Big East Rookie of The Week for his great start. While his former AAU teammate Lyles is playing for the #1 team in the country and two other former teammates are starring together in the backcourt at I.U., Trevon has helped lead the Musketeers to an 8-2 record. Team success can factor into voters decision when it’s time to hand out awards at the end of the season and Xavier has a good squad. With his scoring prowess and all around unselfish game, don’t be surprised when Bluiett earns Big East Player of The Year at the end of the season. Maybe then he’ll finally have stepped out of the shadows and get his chance to shine in the national
Xavier freshman Trevon Bluiett is off to a half-decent start. How about 18 ppg, 5.3 rpg and a 7-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio?