After suffering a torn Achilles during this past season, incoming Purdue freshman forward Jacob Lawson’s health became a concern for many Boilermaker fans.
But on Tuesday, Purdue coach Matt Painter said that not only is Lawson doing fine physically, he is ready to go academically as the Boilermakers prepare for the 2011-12 season.
"He has been playing pickup, but I haven’t watched him," Painter said. "He has been cleared to play pickup basketball and has been working with our sports performance people.
"It looks like he is going to be ready in the fall, but we will see. From everything I’ve gathered from our training staff and our guys, everything with Jacob looks good."
With forward Patrick Bade moving onto football, front line play will be huge for the Boilermakers. Lawson can jump out of the gym and has the potential to be an excellent rebounder, shot blocker and defensive presence. With JaJuan Johnson headed to the NBA, Lawson can bring some of the attributes and skills — especially at the defensive end — that Johnson provided.
Painter seems excited about Lawson’s game. That’s good news for Purdue fans.