National Signing Day: Welcome Our New Boilermakers

All we are looking for today is five pieces of paper, faxed to the athletic offices. It seems so simple, but in reality it holds the future of our basketball program. Today four young men (maybe five?) will officially join the Purdue family. Today they become Boilermakers.

Rapheal Davis - The 6'5" swingman has been committed forever it seems. He started at Ft. Wayne South, committed originally as a freshman, and now he is a senior a LaLumiere up in LaPorte. he looks like a solid small forward.

Ronnie Johnson - With Lewis Jackson graduating this year we need a point guard. Enter Terone Johnson's little brother. We'll get to see an early battle or two this season between him and Kevin Ferrell.

Jay Simpson - Our future starting power forward at 6'9" 250. Those numbers alone make me salivate having him as a rebounder/enforcer in the paint, especially with the next young man beside him.

A.J. Hammons - Behold, a true center at 7' 260. Size has been a problem for Purdue in the past, but will no longer be with Hammons and Simpson at the 4 and 5 spots.

Welcome to the family, young men. You are now Boilermakers for life.

Of course, we're hoping to add one more name to this list, and that's why this is an Open Thread. Gary Harris, come on down. We'll welcome you to West Lafayette with open arms.

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