Purdue basketball coach Matt Painter believes the minutes of competition on an extensive roster will push his players to improve this off-season as the Boilermakers prepare for the 2021-22 season.
“We have talented guys, we don’t have anyone in our squad who isn’t capable,” said Painter. âEveryone can play, but not everyone will play as we know. It’s healthy for our team and I think this competitive spirit will really help us grow through the summer and fall and prepare for our season. “
Painter, who is beginning his 17th year as the Boilermakers head coach, spoke out Tuesday night during an appearance on Boilermakers In Your Home, a virtual version of the Boilermakers On the Road series, bringing Purdue coaches and athletes into the cities brings Indiana in the summer. For the second year in a row, the series will only be online, with future dates scheduled for July 27th and August 24th.
Painter’s program harks back to a season when the youngest team in the Big Ten ranged but still managed to play 13-6 in conference play and finish fourth in the NCAA tournament before finishing in the first fell back on 13 placed North Texas round. The Boilers were the only team in Indiana to make the 68-team field, which was completely fought in the state for the first time. You survived the season with just one positive test for the coronavirus.
“We had some moving parts and the boys had some opportunities to play,” said Painter, who has led Purdue to the NCAA tournament 12 times in 16 seasons. âI thought everyone really improved and played well and now hopefully with the experience we’ve had we can have more consistency and fight for a Big Ten championship and obviously do better in the NCAA tournament.
“Our players have sacrificed a lot,” he added. “We really tried to emphasize that we want to play our season but we have to make sacrifices if we want to play our season.”
The Boilers could get everyone back from the 2020-21 team if All-American center Trevion Williams decides to take his name out of the NBA drafting process and return for his senior season.
Purdue also brings a recruiting class that includes the top two pick for Indiana Mr. Basketball: Blackhawk Christian Center Caleb Furst, who won the award, and Silver Creek striker Trey Kaufman-Renn.
Also featured in the Indiana-only class is Carmel’s Brian Waddell, who is expected to wear the Redshirt. Painter emphasized the fact that all three newcomers won the state championships as seniors.
âDon’t let your recruiting be dictated by talent, but rather by winning,â says the coach of his recruiting philosophy. âThis year we have three guys in our program who have won the state titles 4A, 3A and 2A. It’s all about this. All of these guys, especially in the end, … can do multiple things that just lead to victory.
â(Waddell) will help us win, and guys like Caleb Furst and Trey Kaufman-Renn will do the same. That’s why I’m looking forward to our program. “
Note: Furst and Purdue Guard Jaden Ivey are among the 17 finalists of the USA Basketball U19 team, which will take part in the FIBA ââWorld Championship from July 3rd to 11th. Furst and Ivey were originally among 26 players selected for the team and are still fighting to be among the 12 players selected. Kaufman-Renn was invited to give it a try, but was unable to do so due to a hand injury sustained in the Indiana-Kentucky All-Star Series.