Tag:Kelsey Barlow
Posted on: February 17, 2012 12:46 pm
Edited on: February 17, 2012 4:16 pm

Purdue boots Kelsey Barlow, suspends D.J. Byrd

By Jeff Goodman

When D.J. Byrd was arrested for public intoxication, it was expected that the junior wing would be suspended for Sunday's game against Michigan State. Nothing more than that. 

What wasn't anticipated was that teammate Kelsey Barlow would be kicked off the team. 

“This is an unfortunate situation, but we will move forward as a program,” Purdue coach Matt Painter said. “We expect our student-athletes to live up to a high standard, and when their actions become detrimental to the program, there are consequences.”

According to a source, the story goes like this: Barlow left his wallet in a bar last night and couldn't get back into the establishment. He rounded up a few of his buddies -- Byrd included -- and they went back to the bar. There was apparently a verbal exchange and Byrd wound up getting arrested while sticking up for his teammate. He was booked into jail at 3:35 a.m. and released at 8:31 a.m. 

Barlow was under a zero tolerance policy with Painter for several issues in the past -- including one last season that resulted in a suspension from the NCAA tournament.  

The timing couldn't be any worse with Purdue hosting No. 8 Michigan State on Sunday and now being without two starters. The Boilermakers have won two straight and are 17-9 overall and 7-6 in Big Ten play. However, they can ill-afford to slip-up with five regular-season games remaining in order to secure an NCAA tournament bid. 

Byrd has been terrific over the past five games, averaging nearly 17 points per game and making 18-of-34 from beyond the arc. He was 7-of-9 from deep in a close lose in Columbus to Ohio State and finished with 13 points and was 3-of-6 from beyond the arc in the win over the Illini earlier this week.

Barlow (8.3 ppg) has been erratic throughout his career, an underachiever of sorts who was suspended for the NCAA tournament a year ago. 

Posted on: October 3, 2011 3:33 pm
Edited on: October 3, 2011 3:34 pm

Painter to rely on Terone Johnson, Kelsey Barlow

By Jeff Goodman

With JaJuan Johnson and E'Twaun Moore gone, everyone - including Matt Painter - knows guys need to step up.

Most importantly, Robbie Hummel needs to stay healthy after a pair of torn ACL's.

But Painter will need guys like Terone Johnson and Kelsey Barlow to emerge.

Barlow was suspended towards the end of last season, but Painter said the athletic wing has been terrific in the offseason.

Johnson has recovered from surgery to repair a torn meniscus in the summer, but remains out after a cyst below the knee that has bothered him.

"We're hoping to get him back for the start of practice," Painter said. "They've drained it a couple times to get it calmed down. The meniscus is a non-issue now."

Barlow and Johnson combined to average 10 points per game last season, but they could double that output this season.

"Terone's a very important part of our team," Painter said. "He can play a couple of different positions."

Painter said that Hummel has progressed well despite having tendinitis in the non-surgically repaired knee.

"There haven't been any significant setbacks," Painter said. "Just calming down the tendinitis. We expect him to go full in the first day of practice."

If Hummel does come back at or close to 100 percent, the Boilermakers could compete for one of the top couple spots in the Big Ten. They have veteran point guard Lewis Jackson, a big-time shooter in Ryne Smith and a couple of guys in Barlow and Johnson that have the potential to be all-league caliber players.
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