Purdue, under Matt Painter’s leadership, has been a March Madness fixture. The Boilermakers had made the NCAA tournament in six consecutive seasons (2006-2012). Though last season (16-18; 8-10 Big Ten) was a frustrating one in West Lafayette, the pieces are in place for Painter’s squad to jump back into the upper half of the league standings and dance again come next March.
The Johnson brothers, Terone (13.5 PPG; 4.7 RPG) and Ronnie (10.3 PPG; 4.1 APG), will take care of business in the backcourt. At 7’0” and 280 pounds, rising sophomore center A.J. Hammons (10.6 PPG; 6 RPG; 2 BPG) could be dominant in the middle.
The Boilermakers had trouble, at times, scoring points last season (65.3 PPG; No. 231 in the nation). Incoming freshman wing Kendall Stephens will be an exciting addition. His ability to fill it up will establish him as one of the premier first-year players in the Big Ten.