2017 PURDUE ATHLETICS

Purdue has landed a commitment from the top-ranked high school quarterback in New Jersey and one of top pro-style quarterback recruits in the Class of 2020.

Michael Alaimo, a four-star prospect from St. Joseph’s Academy in Montvale, N.J., announced his pledge this week to play for Jeff Brohm and the Boilermakers.

The 6-foot-4, 220-pound Alaimo had more than 20 scholarship offers and picked Purdue over Michigan State, Boston College, California and Central Michigan. He’s the highest rated quarterback to commit to Purdue since former NFL quarterback Kyle Orton, who chose to play for the Boilermakers in 2001.

Alaimo passed for 1,450 yards in his junior year at St. Joseph’s with 13 touchdowns and three interceptions. He’ll join a Purdue program known as “the cradle of quarterbacks” for its ability to produce future NFL starters, a list that included current New Orleans Saints signal-caller Drew Brees, former Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jim Everett and Hall of Fame quarterback Bob Griese.

TEAM USA

Purdue rising sophomore forward Trevion Williams made USA Basketball’s FIBA Under-19 World Cup men’s basketball team Thursday.

The 6-9, 280-pound Williams was one of 12 players picked after tryouts this month in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Williams is the third Boilermaker in a row to represent Team USA in the Under-19 World Cup. Forward Caleb Swanigan helped Team USA to a gold medal in 2015, while guard Carsen Edwards led Team USA to a bronze medal in 2017.

Williams emerged in the second half of his freshman season at Purdue, averaging 6 points and 5.1 rebounds off the bench in his final 25 games. He posted two double-doubles in Big Ten play against Michigan State (13 points, 12 rebounds) and Rutgers (16 points, 13 rebounds).

The FIBA Under-19 World Cup will be played from June 28-July 7 in Heraklion, Greece.