Posted on: October 18, 2010 10:04 am
Edited on: October 18, 2010 10:15 am

Where should Purdue be ranked now?

That's a question I've been asked many times since Robbie Hummel tore his anterior cruciate ligament at Saturday morning's practice, and I'm afraid Purdue fans won't like my answer. But here's the truth: The Boilermakers shouldn't be considered Big Ten contenders anymore, which means they can't be ahead of Michigan State or Ohio State. I'd also hesitate to keep them ahead of Illinois. So I guess what I'm saying is that I'd probably start Purdue somewhere between 17th and 22nd in the country, and around fourth in the Big Ten (although that fourth in the Big Ten could easily be fifth or sixth if you like Wisconsin and/or Minnesota).

In other words, this is just as bad as you think.

Programs like Purdue can consistently be good, but they only get shots at greatness every once in a while. Hummel's torn ACLs -- first last season, then this season -- have taken away two of those shots. I genuinely believe the Boilermakers would've been a No. 1 seed and Final Four participant last season if Hummel was never injured, and they would've been contenders just the same this season if not for Saturday's awkward fall. Now fourth in the Big Ten seems like a reasonable goal. It's not fair. It's just reality.

But I really do hope Purdue overachieves and proves me wrong.

I hate being wrong, as you know.

But I wouldn't mind being wrong about this.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: October 16, 2010 1:04 pm
Edited on: October 16, 2010 1:25 pm

Purdue's Hummel tears ACL again

Purdue senior Robbie Hummel tore his anterior cruciate ligament for the second time in less than eight months during Saturday's practice and will now miss the upcoming season while rehabbing, school officials have announced.

"This is obviously disappointing for Robbie, as well as our team, since he worked so hard to return from the tear he suffered in February,” said Purdue coach Matt Painter. “As he begins his rehab and recovery, we’ll persevere together and provide Robbie with all the support possible. I have no doubt he’ll continue to play a pivotal role this season as a leader of our team."

The ACL tear is in the same knee as last season's ACL tear.

This development is the latest setback in Hummel's injury riddled career. Purdue would've been a Final Four favorite last season had Hummel not torn his ACL in February. The Boilermakers are ranked third in the CBSSports.com preseason Top 25 (and one), but a Final Four without Hummel seems unlikely given what the 6-foot-8 forward means to the team.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: October 1, 2010 2:13 pm

Texas adds fourth top 100 recruit

Texas added a fourth recruit to its class when in-state standout Jonathan Holmes announced at a Friday afternoon press conference that he is verbally committing to the Longhorns.

Scout.com ranks Holmes 69th nationally in the Class of 2011.

The 6-foot-8 power forward chose Texas over reported interest from Baylor, Purdue, and Texas A&M. He joins Myck Kabongo (No. 9 at Scout.com), Sheldon McClellan (No. 35 at Scout.com) and Julien Lewis (No. 89 at Scout.com) as prospects who plan to sign with Texas next month.
Posted on: August 31, 2010 2:51 pm

Column on Purdue's E'Twaun Moore

Click this link to read my column on Purdue's E'Twaun Moore.

He's on pace to become just the second player in Big Ten history to record 2,000 points, 500 rebounds and 400 assists.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: August 23, 2010 7:22 am

Coaching clinic in Florida

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- I'm spending the next couple of days -- i.e., Monday and Tuesday -- here on the Florida campus, and not because I'm starting graduate school. Rather, I'm speaking at an annual coaching clinic organized by Florida associate head coach Larry Shyatt. It should be both fun and educational. I'm glad I'm involved.

Here's the rundown of Monday speakers:

9:15: Brad Stevens
10:30: Del Harris
12:00: Me
1:45: Jeremy Foley
2:30: Jamie Dixon, Shaka Smart, Matthew Driscoll
4:00: Buzz Williams
5:15: Rick Turk
6:30: LuAnn Humphrey
7:45: Billy Donovan

Coaches scheduled to speak Tuesday include Matt Painter, Sean Miller, Travis Ford, Scott Duncan, Mike Hopkins, Brendan Suhr, and Kevin Eastman. I'll try my best to Tweet anything interesting. So make sure you're following me at this link.
Posted on: August 2, 2010 12:51 pm
Edited on: August 2, 2010 12:55 pm

Duke teammates highlight 10-man USA Select Team

Duke teammates Nolan Smith and Kyle Singler headline a group of 10 college basketball players selected to train with the 2010 USA Men’s World Championship Team finalists next week in New York, USA basketball announced Monday.

The full college roster includes:
  • JaJuan Johnson (Purdue)
  • Jon Leuer (Wisconsin)
  • Shelvin Mack (Butler)
  • Kyle Singler (Duke)
  • Chris Singleton (Florida State)
  • Nolan Smith (Duke)
  • Trey Thompkins (Georgia)
  • Mike Tisdale (Illinois)
  • Kemba Walker (Connecticut)
  • Chris Wright (Dayton)
"One of the great developments of our Las Vegas camp was the USA Select Team which consisted of juniors and seniors out of the college ranks that we brought in to scrimmage against the USA National Team," said USA basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo. "[Washington coach] Lorenzo Romar and [Villanova coach] Jay Wright did a terrific job of coaching the select players in Las Vegas. It worked so well we’ve decided to bring to New York a smaller group of players from that Select Team to do the same thing. They were very valuable to us and it’s a great experience for them."

The college players will arrive in New York Aug. 9 and train Aug. 10-13.
Posted on: May 8, 2010 1:36 pm
Edited on: May 8, 2010 4:48 pm

Johnson, like Moore, withdraws from NBA Draft

Purdue's JaJuan Johnson has withdrawn from the NBA Draft and plans to return to school along with teammate E'Twaun Moore, which should ensure the Boilermakers are the Big Ten favorite and a preseason top three team.

"We're obviously happy to have two players of the caliber of E'Twaun Moore and JaJuan Johnson returning to our team," said Purdue coach Matt Painter. "Their dedication, leadership and work ethic are key components of our team, and we're looking forward to helping them develop as both people and basketball players over the next year."

Johnson averaged 15.5 points and 7.1 rebounds this season.

He was not expected to go in the first round had he remained in the draft.
Posted on: April 14, 2010 10:14 am
Edited on: April 14, 2010 10:15 am

Purdue's Moore joining teammate Johnson in draft

Purdue's E'Twaun Moore, as expected , will make himself available for the NBA Draft just like teammate JaJuan Johnson, the school confirmed Wednesday morning. Neither player is expected to immediately hire an agent.

"There are a lot of positives that can come out of the information gathering that takes place this time of year," said Purdue coach Matt Painter. "Both JaJuan and E’Twaun have our full support as they start the process of finding out where they stand in the eyes of NBA personnel."

Purdue should be a consensus top five team if Moore and Johnson withdraw by the May 8 deadline.

If not, the Boilermakers could slip out of the preseason Top 25.
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