Painter Announces Additional Staff – Purdue University Athletics


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue men’s basketball head coach has announced this Spike Albrecht and Tommy Luce will join the boilermaker’s staff as assistants while PJ Thompson remains on the staff and is appointed Director of Player Development.

“Spike, Tommy, and PJ will all be welcome additions. We’re excited to have them as part of our people who are evolving,” said Painter. “All three were Big Ten champions and have helped us win a lot of games. They have broken into the coaching ranks in recent years and can jump into our program and help him right away.”

A 2018 graduate of Purdue, Thompson was instrumental in developing and mentoring Purdue’s young guards last season Jaden Ivey, Brandon Newman, Sasha Stefanovic, Eric Hunter Jr., Ethan Morton and Isaiah Thompson. Last season, the Boilermakers posted an 18:10 overall record with a 13:6 Big Ten record, while taking a fourth place in the NCAA tournament thanks to the strong play of their young backcourt.

Thompson’s roles include individual directions, breakdowns and tendencies of the opponents, as well as team assignments that contribute to the further development of each player. He will also be heavily involved in on-campus recruiting.

After an outstanding Purdue career PJ Thompson returned to Boilermaker as a graduate assistant after playing professionally in the Netherlands in the 2018-19 season.

He was a three year starter at Purdue and currently ranks second for career support to revenue ratio (2.94), 10th for career 3 point percentage (0.404), and 15th place. Place in terms of career 3 point points (161) in Purdue. He appeared in 137 games, the eighth in school history, and helped Purdue with the 2017 Big Ten championship, two Sweet 16 appearances (2017, 2018) and a school record of 30 senior wins in the 2017-18 season. He is the most successful point guard in school history. He has 102 wins and set a record of 102-35 in the games he has played.

Albrecht will be with Purdue in his freshman year as an assistant, having made careers in both Michigan and Purdue.

A graduate of Michigan in 2016, Albrecht helped the Wolverines to the 2013 Final Four and a Big Ten title in 2014. After 17 points in the first half of the National Championship game against Louisville, he became a national sensation.

He then moved to the Boilermakers as a graduate for the 2016-17 season and helped Purdue to a Big Ten championship in the regular season and a spot in the Sweet 16 while earning his Masters in Technology, Leadership and Innovation.

Albrecht then moved to Northfield Mount Herman (Prep) for one season before working as an assistant at Louisville. Albrecht has been running his own basketball training business in northwest Indiana for a year.

Luce will also begin his first year as an assistant for Purdue after one of the best four-year runs in school history.

Luce and Albrecht will be responsible for scouting the opponents, the breakdown of the film, assisting with individual workouts, and administrative tasks as they both join the ranks of college coaches.

Luce, a 2020 graduate, ended his career with two Big Ten championships (2017, 2019), two Sweet 16 appearances, a trip to the Elite Eight in 2019, and 99 wins. Luce was one of the most popular and respected players in Purdue history.

Last year, Luce served as a sales rep for Shelby Materials in Beech Grove, Indiana, while serving as assistant basketball coach for boys at Greenwood High School under Head Coach Joe Bradburn. He was responsible for training the guards during practice and exercise, compiling scouting reports, and running team camps in the fall and spring.


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