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Dear Gary (on Lewis Jackson's possible comeback)

Posted on: December 7, 2009 2:58 pm

Here's Monday's Dear Gary ...

Dear Gary: There have been conflicting reports as to how long Lewis Jackson's foot injury will keep him out. Let's say, hypothetically, Jackson is able to return to Purdue around the time of the Big Ten Tournament. If you're Matt Painter, and you think you have a legitimate shot to reach the Final Four, do you burn a whole season of Jackson's eligibility for a March run? This may be the best team in Purdue's history, so I think, if Jackson can help the team, you've got to play him. What do you think?
-- Kyle

Painter first has to decide if he wants to use Jackson. If not, it's a moot point because any coach should be able to redshirt whomever he wants whenever he wants just like any coach should be able to start whomever he wants whenever he wants. So if Painter wanted to continue to sit Jackson to preserve the year of eligibility, he would have a right to do that. On the other hand, if Painter wanted to spend a year of Jackson's eligibility on three or four weeks of games, I think he would need to consult Jackson before doing it because I don't think it's fair to push that on somebody.

So to recap, if Jackson isn't cleared until around the Big Ten tournament and Painter wants to continue to sit Jackson and just request a medical redshirt, I'm fine with it, and Jackson should have no say in the matter. But if Painter wants to spend a year of Jackson's eligibility on a handful of games, I think he'd need to make sure Jackson was on board with the decision.

And this has nothing to do with Purdue, Painter or Jackson, really.

It's how I'd feel about this situation regardless of the parties involved.
If you're going to spend a year of eligibility on four weeks, the player needs to be OK with it.
Category: NCAAB

Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2009 11:22 am

Dear Gary (on Lewis Jackson's possible comeback)

I'm not sure how you're questioning LewJack's ATO.  It was better than 1.5 to 1, which for a freshman is pretty damn good.  And in the 13 games following the Michigan game (where he didn't play after taking a forearm shiver against Wisky), he had 47 assists and 22 turnovers (better than 2 to 1).  He struggled a bit in the NCAA tourney (most notably against UConn).

Where Jackson is missed is when we play smallish sparkplug guards.  Ismael Smith for WF showed that we need LewJack.  He showed what he can do against Talor Battle last year.  If we get a matchup like that in the NCAA tourney this year, I would love to have him available.  That said, I think Gary is right.  I would certainly want Lewis' buyin in order to burn his scholly for a handful of games.

Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: December 7, 2009 10:31 pm

Dear Gary (on Lewis Jackson's possible comeback)

In all honesty I hope he is redshirted.  Basketball is a game of chemistry and flow; harmony between all players on the court.  With him being out as long as he will be its not worth it.  Barlow is not the best fix but he has not yet been a liability on the court.  Also, a 6-6 PG is rare and Purdue needs rebounding from its guards to be successful, which he brings more than Lew-Jack.  Lets not forget Jackson's fairly bad ATO ratio last year.  His quickness has and will be missed no doubt.  If he can get cleared for middle of B10 season or even 2/3rds of the way in I say come on back the the train.  But the B10 tourney is too late IMO.  I would not be surprised if he does come back however and I will not second guess Painter one way or another.

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