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Purdue was set to go into the 2013-14 season with only two upperclassmen until a pair of graduate transfers agreed to come play for Matt Painter. Guard Sterling Carter (Seattle) and swingman Errick Peck (Cornell) join the Boilermakers for their final collegiate seasons, and both will make an impact.
The Boilers needed outside shooting, and both can supply it on occasion. Peck, though, brings an added mid-range game. Last season, Peck shot only 32.6 percent from long range, but he knocked in a more respectable 46 percent inside the arc.
Peck's 4.9 rebounds per game ranked 11th in the Ivy League, respectable territory for a 6'6" small forward. That average likely won't rank so high in the Big Ten, but Peck should still be able to contribute on the glass and the defensive end.
The question will lie in who Peck matches up with. He may spend the season taking on power forwards unless great improvements come out of senior Travis Carroll or redshirt freshman Jay Simpson.
The experience Peck brings to West Lafayette is another factor that can't be ignored. Peck saw action in Cornell's 2010 NCAA tournament run, then put up a combined 30 points in back-to-back games against Syracuse and Minnesota the following season.
Peck offers Painter a chance to partially correct an error he made back in 2009, when he signed Peck's Cathedral High School teammate Kelsey Barlow and ignored Peck. Barlow is heading into his first season at Illinois-Chicago after being dismissed from Purdue for repeated incidents at campus watering holes.
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