Throughout this semester, I have covered the Purdue basketball for my weekly blog for my Com 497 class. It has been a lot of fun. To be able to write — to a certain extent — whatever I wanted on the team was fun and interesting.
It was a rocky road for Purdue this season, and my blog reflected that. A lot of disappointment. Some celebration. As much as I tried to report unbiasedly, I still am a Purdue student, and I still love Purdue basketball. But I think I did fairly well considering.
Next year should be much improved, I truly believe that. With the experience that this year’s freshman have going into next year, plus a group of basically four freshman arriving, there is a lot of talent coming to Purdue. Matt Painter needs to coach this group. If he does, expect to see Purdue make the tournament and be a dangerous team when it gets there.
I will be graduating in a few weeks. I am forever grateful to have attended Purdue University. The only people I can thank for that are my parents. I don’t have a job as of now but I’m going to make it my mission to find one, as I know my parents want only that: A job for me and for me to succeed. For this reason I will not be continuing the blog. I need to concentrate on other things. It has been a lot of fun serving to you readers — the few out there — and I really appreciate it.
Yes, yes, I know. This is a Purdue basketball blog. But since the season ended a while ago, a few weeks later than most fans wanted, I had to think of an event/topic to cover for my end of the year project.
I decided to do mine on the Black Cultural Center. Throughout my five years here — yes, five years — I have visited the center quite regularly. But I did it to get school work done in the lab that they have, the nearest lab to where I live. So, I thought it would interesting to find out what the Black Cultural Center is all about. I found out a lot that’s for sure. Some of the history of the BCC was very interesting and something I never really thought about. The people that worked there were extremely kind and helpful.
Here is the video below. Click on the caption tab in the bottom right corner to get some extra interesting information.
I have tried to research the exact schedule for this Purdue basketball team for the summer but haven’t found too much. I believe most of the team goes on their own for some of the summer and then reconvene at a later date (not exactly sure when, though).
I do know, however, that teams are limited to the number of hours and practices they hold, whether it be in-season or out. I did talk to incoming commit Basil Smotherman the other day, and he said that he will be arriving on campus around June 15.
In previous years during the summer D.J. Byrd worked out with former Purdue superstar Rick Mount in his his driveway one summer and got tips from him. There are a lot of expectations for next season, and it all starts this summer for the players. Whether they want to put the work in and get better or not will be answered next fall sometime.
Remember, Purdue traveled to Italy last summer, something that happens about once every four years. That was supposed to have proved beneficial with all the young players that came in a season ago. From the record it posted to finish out the year it doesn’t appear that it did help, but who knows? Next season, three new players will arrive but won’t experience the same bonding experience that the soon-to-be sophomore class did.
Not sure if that will be an issue, but it is something to keep an eye on.
I’d expect several of the players to get a lot of shots up this summer as it has been beaten to death that last year’s team severely lacked in its ability from the perimeter. I’d also expect a player like Rapheal Davis to improve significantly from this summer to next fall. He has the DNA of a hard-working individual, and I think it pays off going into next season.
One more thing to add: If you’re a Purdue fan, have a child that plays basketball, or live in the area, there are several camps that are available over the summer. Read here for more information.
Here are three videos on Purdue’s recruiting class coming in next year. I did a post on them a little while ago, but I thought I would link some video so fans can see what they look like and get excited for next season. The first video is of Kendall Stephens, a pure shooter from St. Charles, Ill.; the second video is of Bryson Scott, a tough, motivated guard out of Fort Wayne, Ind.; and the third video is of Basil Smotherman, a 6-7 athletic wing who can shoot and handle the ball.
Anthony Johnson’s transfer, which was announced Monday, brings the total number of transfers this spring to three, after Sandi Marcius and Jacob Lawson have also been granted their release.
These three are not the most important players for Purdue, but the depth that it loses from the three leaving is a huge concern.
Playing in the Big Ten, players suffer severe amounts of injuries and abuse from the physical play throughout the year. The five or six minutes rest that a player like A.J. Hammons could have gotten from Marcius is invaluable. Travis Carroll will probably fill that void now, but the more bodies you can have, the better. Same can be said for a player like Terone Johnson being spelled by Anthony Johnson.
After any losing season there is going be disappointment and players are going to be mad. Transfers happen, it’s part of the college basketball landscape. Purdue still has its core intact, though, and the future for Purdue appears to be bright.
Expect Purdue to make a push for a fifth year player from another school to transfer and be allowed to come in right away and play. Purdue is looking for a shooter and probably a big man.
Michael Pointer, writer for the Indianapolis Star, gave his take on what Purdue needs to do to compete in the Big Ten next season. I wouldn’t say it’s interesting, but it’s the closest thing to it during the offseason related to Purdue basketball. He basically says what everyone else is saying and thinking. Here’s the article.
All season long I have given some fun facts or interesting information on certain days where a game has occurred. Well, I thought to close out the year, I would present where I found these fun facts and let you roam the archives for yourself. This “media notebook” can be found on Purduesports.com leading up to every game next year. Here is the season-ending one. I suggest going to page 4, that was where I found some of the information, but there is a lot elsewhere so have fun.