If any Big Ten coach has done a better job developing players than Purdue's Matt Painter, I'd like him to step up and introduce himself.
JaJuan Johnson is the patron saint of in-house development, going from a spindly freshman to an NBA first-round draft pick.
It's why no matter how inexperienced Purdue might look this year on paper, Painter will always find a way to get more out of his guys than anybody expects.
Forget about the pre-season ranking. Those are just B.S. anyway. The recognition means absolutely nothing once the season begins. But quote like the above, now THAT is one heck of a recognition.
I think you can substitute Matt Painter with Gene Keady, or JaJuan Johnson with Brian Cardinal, and the essence of the statement still holds true. That's a very impressive traditional across some 25 yrs. And it is not just basketball - I feel the same way about our academics compared to the Ivy League schools.
ALL high school players who dream to play in the B1G should take note. There is no B1G coach who has done a better job developing players. If you come here, listen to the coaches, work hard, give an all-out effort to play some hard-nose defense, the sky is the limit for you. Good luck!