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2012 PURDUE MENS BASKETBALL PREVIEW

October 14, 2012
Richmond High School



PURDUE BASKETBALL PREVIEW

Troy Derengowski, Richmond’s Sports Page 

The days of JaJuan Johnson, E’Twaun Moore and Robbie Hummel are now long gone.   Now the question for the Boilermakers will be, can they overcome a lack of experience and have another 20 win season?    Head coach Matt Painter believes there is enough talent to make a run at another NCAA tournament bid.   Painter understands there is a great amount of turnover but feels this group is excited about their opportunity to make a name for themselves.

One thing the Boilermakers will have is size.  In fact, Painter has more size then he has had in years.  As of this writing, Purdue has six players standing 6’8” or taller.  The problem is their inexperience.    Painter went small many times last season mostly out of necessity.  Bu this year Painter may go big to gain an advantage of smaller teams.    Purdue  has had a weakness in recent seasons in rebounding, (10th in the Big Ten in rebounding margin), so the added size will be a huge benefit. 

Purdue fans will notice the size on the defensive end.  7-footer A.J. Hammons will provide immediate help.  He will be a space eater in the paint and will be a shot blocker.   6-8 forward Jacob Lawson is a great athlete and will use his leaping ability to be another shot blocker (20 last season in limited action).  6-9 Junior Sandi Marcius can be a tough player down low and can pound against bigger post players.   6-9 forward Travis Carroll has a mid range jump shot and Freshman 6-9 forward Jay Simpson can dribble, pass and shoot.

D.J. Byrd, the Big 10 Sixth Man of the Year, is back as is Guard Terone Johnson.  Byrd is the three point specialist but needs to be more consistent in his pull up jump shot.   Johnson became a scoring threat late in the season and coach Painter believes if he keeps developing, Johnson could be a All-Big Ten player.   One area Johnson must get better is consistent shooting.    Purdue will have to rely on a couple of freshmen to make a contribution including Terone’s  brother Ronnie.  Ronnie will be the starting point guard because of his passing ability.  Painter says he is always a step ahead of everyone else.  Raphael Davis is a player who can create his own shot and will make things happen in the lane.

Purdue has become a basketball program that doesn’t turn the ball over.  Coach Painter will have to make sure they take care of the ball again this season if they plan on having any success.   The incoming freshmen will have to make an immediate impact and they will have to rebound better.  If they do, Purdue will make some noise in the Big Ten and get another bid to the NCAA tournament.

 

 

2012-13 Roster

 

 

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Last Name

NAME

Height

HT

WT

Pos.

eligibility

Year

Hometown - High School

14

anthrop dru

Anthrop, Dru

72

6-0

183

G

7

SR

Lafayette, Ind. - Central Catholic

30

beshears neal

Beshears, Neal

78

6-6

195

F

3

SO

Winchester, Ind. - Winchester/Maine Central Institute

21

byrd d.j.

Byrd, D.J.

77

6-5

228

G/F

7

SR

Crawfordsville, Ind. - North Montgomery

50

carroll travis

Carroll, Travis

81

6-9

229

F

5

JR

Danville, Ind. - Danville

35

davis rapheal

Davis, Rapheal

77

6-5

211

G

1

FR

Ft. Wayne, Ind. - La Lumiere

15

hale donnie

Hale, Donnie

80

6-8

221

F

2

RS FR

New Albany, Ind. - New Albany/Bridgton Prep

20

hammons a.j.

Hammons, A.J.

84

7-0

280

C

1

FR

Carmel, Ind. - Oak Hill (Va.) Academy

1

johnson anthony

Johnson, Anthony

75

6-3

191

G

3

SO

Chicago, Ill. - Whitney Young

3

johnson ronnie

Johnson, Ronnie

72

6-0

170

G

1

FR

Indianapolis, Ind. - North Central

-10

johnson terone

Johnson, Terone

74

6-2

199

G

5

JR

Indianapolis, Ind. - North Central

34

lawson jacob

Lawson, Jacob

80

6-8

217

F

3

SO

Reidsville, N.C. - Oak Ridge Military Academy

55

marcius sandi

Marcius, Sandi

81

6-9

268

F

5

JR

Nedelisce, Croatia - La Lumiere

23

simpson jay

Simpson, Jay

81

6-9

268

F

1

FR

Champaign, Ill. - La Lumiere

11

toyra stephen

Toyra, Stephen

75

6-3

165

G

1

FR

Lafayette, Ind. - Faith Christian

 

 

Coaches & Support Staff

 

Matt Painter - Head Coach

Jack Owens - Associate Head Coach

Greg Gary - Assistant Coach

Micah Shrewsberry - Assistant Coach

Elliot Bloom - Supervisor of Basketball Operations

Josh Bonhotal - Assistant Director of Sports Performance

Garry Christopher - Sports Performance Assistant

Ryne Smith - Student Assistant Coach

Nick Terruso - Video Coordinator

Chad Young - Athletic Trainer

 

 SCHEDULE

 
 

 

Date

Opponent / Event

Location

Time / Result

 

10/30/12

vs. Montevallo #

West Lafayette, Ind.

7:00 p.m. ET

11/03/12

vs. Newberry #

West Lafayette, Ind.

7:00 p.m. ET

2K Sports Classic ben. Wounded Warrior Project

11/09/12

vs. Bucknell

West Lafayette, Ind.

7:00 p.m. ET

11/11/12

vs. Hofstra

West Lafayette, Ind.

2:00 p.m. ET

11/15/12

vs. Villanova

New York, N.Y.

9:30 p.m. ET

11/16/12

Alabama/Oregon State

New York, N.Y.

5:00/7:30 p.m. ET

 

11/21/12

vs. UNC-Wilmington

West Lafayette, Ind.

8:00 p.m. ET

ACC/Big Ten Challenge

11/28/12

at Clemson

Clemson, S.C.

7:15 p.m. ET

 

12/01/12

vs. Xavier

West Lafayette, Ind.

2:15 p.m. ET

12/04/12

vs. Lamar

West Lafayette, Ind.

6:30 p.m. ET

12/08/12

at Eastern Michigan

Ypsilanti, Mich.

2:00 p.m. ET

Boston Scientific Close the Gap Crossroads Classic

12/15/12

vs. Notre Dame

Indianapolis, Ind.

4:30 p.m. ET

 

12/18/12

vs. Ball State

West Lafayette, Ind.

7:00 p.m. ET

12/29/12

vs. William & Mary

West Lafayette, Ind.

2:00 p.m. ET

01/02/13

vs. Illinois

West Lafayette, Ind.

8:30 p.m. ET

01/05/13

at Michigan State

East Lansing, Mich.

12:00 p.m. ET

01/08/13

vs. Ohio State

West Lafayette, Ind.

9:00 p.m. ET

01/13/13

vs. Penn State

West Lafayette, Ind.

TBA

01/16/13

at Nebraska

Lincoln, Neb.

9:00 p.m. ET

01/19/13

vs. West Virginia

West Lafayette, Ind.

2:00 p.m. ET

01/24/13

at Michigan

Ann Arbor, Mich.

7:00 p.m. ET

01/27/13

vs. Iowa

West Lafayette, Ind.

3:30 p.m. ET

01/30/13

vs. Indiana

West Lafayette, Ind.

8:30 p.m. ET

02/02/13

at Northwestern

Evanston, Ill.

12:00 p.m. ET

02/05/13

at Penn State

University Park, Pa.

7:00 p.m. ET

02/09/13

vs. Michigan State

West Lafayette, Ind.

7:00 p.m. ET

02/13/13

at Illinois

Champaign, Ill.

9:00 p.m. ET

02/16/13

at Indiana

Bloomington, Ind.

2:00 p.m. ET

02/24/13

vs. Northwestern

West Lafayette, Ind.

TBA

02/27/13

at Iowa

Iowa City, Iowa

8:30 p.m. ET

03/02/13

at Wisconsin

Madison, Wis.

TBA

03/03/13

at Wisconsin

Madison, Wis.

TBA

03/06/13

vs. Michigan

West Lafayette, Ind.

7:00 p.m. ET

03/09/13

vs. Minnesota

West Lafayette, Ind.

12:00 p.m. ET

Big Ten Tournament

03/14/13

First Round

Chicago, Ill.

TBA

03/15/13

Quarterfinals

Chicago, Ill.

TBA

03/16/13

Semifinals

Chicago, Ill.

TBA

03/17/13

Finals

Chicago, Ill.

TBA

 

 


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