Tag:Matt Painter
Posted on: February 27, 2012 2:14 pm

Healthy Hummel, Purdue peaking into Senior Night

By Jeff Goodman

Robbie Hummel will play his final game at Mackey Arena on Wednesday night. 

Yes, I wanted to be there as an admitted card-carrying member -- OK, the president -- of the Hummel Fan Club. But it's hard to justify making a trip to West Lafeyette to watch the Boilermakers host Big Ten cellar dweller Penn State. Even on Senior Night -- and even with a resurgent Purdue that has reeled off four of its last five. 

"It'll be strange," Hummel said. "It's weird because it seems like I've been here forever, but at the same time it also feels like it's gone by quickly." 

"I know my mom's going to cry," he added. 

She may not be the only one, either. I may have a few boxes of Kleenex by my side while watching the festivities on the Big Ten Network. 

In all seriousness, though, the good news for Hummel and Matt Painter isn't just that his knees have held up this season after a pair of torn ACL's. It's that he and his teammates are playing as well as they have all year long. It's also no shock that it's coincided with the departure of Kelsey Barlow. 

"We're peaking at the right time," he said. "This is the most fun I've had all year. We're in a good place with the team chemistry." 

We all remember the quote from fellow senior Ryne Smith after Barlow was booted a couple weeks ago. 

"Addition by subtraction," he said. 

But it's more than that. Hummel is playing like the the old Robbie Hummel. Lewis Jackson's back has improved significantly. Terone Johnson is coming off the best game of his career in the shocking road win in Ann Arbor against Michigan. 

Purdue coach Matt Painter has had a rough go this season. After losing E'Twaun Moore and JaJuan Johnson, it was clear the Boilermakers would take a step backward. 

But when Hummel went through a shooting slump (and that's being kind) in the middle of the season and Jackson could often be found wincing while fighting the the relentless back injury, the Boilermakers looked as if the string of five consecutive NCAA tournament appearances was in jeopardy. 

"There was a time when I wasn't sure I'd ever be good again," Hummel said. "It wasn't fun to play and not be what I was before. It sounds like a greedy thing to say, but it was tough." 

Then Hummel's shot came back and Jackson's back starting improving. Now Purdue once again looks like a team again. 

Hummel is averaging 23.2 points and 10.2 rebounds over the past five games and is shooting 47 percent from the field and 42 percent from 3-point range. Jackson logged a season-high 39 minutes per contest in the loss to Michigan State and is averaging 12.5 points and 5.0 assists over the past four games. 

"He's playing well at the right time," Painter said. "Both of them have." 

"The season has been a roller-coaster, but the last few weeks have been really fun," Hummel said. "Obviously, winning helps." 

Purdue, which is tied with Indiana in fifth place in the Big Ten should get its 20th victory of the season against Penn State and the Boilermakers finish the regular season at Indiana this weekend. The Boilermakers had been 0-for-7 against ranked teams prior to the victory over Michigan on Saturday. 

"It felt good to get over the hump," Hummel said. 

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.
Posted on: March 30, 2011 4:29 pm
Edited on: March 30, 2011 9:05 pm

Painter signs 8-year extension with Purdue

Posted by Matt Norlander

Someone close to the program must have sent out a mass text, because our Gary Parrish, along with other mainstream sources in the industry all reported Matt Painter's return to Purdue within seconds of each other.

Now, the university has sent out an official release, etching the news in stone. Painter has signed an eight-year extension. The amount of money the new contract is worth is not being disclosed to the public. The coaching saga of the week, which began to overshadow the Final Four, is now over.
"We are thrilled to announce that Matt will continue his leadership of our men's basketball program at his alma mater," athletics director Morgan Burke said. "He has been at the helm of the winningest four-year period in the storied history of Boilermaker basketball, and we pledge to work with him to win championships."
Painter, who is vacationing in Florida, said this in the statement: "I am extremely excited about continuing my career at Purdue. I believe we have built something very special. At the same time, I feel we have much more ahead of us to accomplish.

"There's a lot to be excited about right now with Purdue basketball. We are moving into our new offices and locker room complex over the next couple of weeks. Our program is built on hard work, and we are ready to get back to improving as a team and a staff. At the end of the day, my heart is at Purdue, and this is a place where I want to win a national championship."

Boilers fans are relieved everywhere. Much cheering/sighs of relief going on, and that includes Robbie Hummel, who will return for his senior season in 2011-12. Painter's a Purdue alumnus, and his value within this program is something many feel lucky to have, considering what Gene Keady did for so long in West Lafayette, Ind.

Missouri ... gets shut out. It will continue to chase (Shaka Smart now target No. 1?), as it's looking more and more like the girl who can't get a date to the prom. Mike Anderson left it for Arkansas, now this. It got really sticky for Purdue fans, who, out of nowhere, felt a sense of panic that certainly wasn't there a few days ago. Now coach is getting paid and the program returns to normal.

Now, as for the Twitter quagmire of "reporting" that went on in the past 48 hours, I've got the barrel fully loaded. Column coming tomorrow on that fiasco.

Photo: AP

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