Another tough loss for the young Purdue Boilermakers; a tale of two halves against the Oregon State Beavers. OSU is big but defensive rebounding was an issue the whole game for the Boilermakers and they never controlled it. Oregon State's bigs really outplayed and out hustled Purdue's frontcourt for the majority of the game until Freshman Center AJ Hammons lead a late comeback that fell short. Lots of areas for Painter to work on with this team. The Coach had 4 freshmen on the floor at once...got to be patient, but it's easy to see signs.
Anthony Johnson [27min] - 10 PTS 3-13 FGM-A, 1 AST, 1 REB,
Surprising to see a number 1 in the assist column, and then you look at his shooting % and you go "eh." I thought Anthony did some good things at the point tonight, he worked within the flow of the game and played comfortable. He definitely didn't shoot the ball well and couldn't finish...that will be an ongoing theme here.
Terone Johnson [30min] - 6 PTS 2-10 FGM-A, 4 AST, 1 REB, 1 STL
TJ was quiet tonight and the backcourt collectively is shooting horrible. He didn't have any turnovers, but you get the sense he's playing a step slow, which could be his injury. Usually he bulls his way around the edge to the hoop, but not this weekend. His shot, all the way from my couch, is showing signs of some bad habits.
DJ Byrd [33min] - 11 PTS 4-14 FGM-A, 5 REB, 2 BLK, 3 TO
I don't know about you but DJ and I have an up and down relationship. One minute he's taking rhythm three's and making hustle plays and next minutes he's heat-checking himself with a bad miss, which causes a fast break the other way where he fouls the shooter who gets an "and-1." Also, when will DJ quit dribbling into a wall when he goes to the basket. I hope he starts playing the way he did coming off the bench last year. His role should be similar to Lawson's, energy guy that takes his shots when they present themselves. Even though I'm dogging him here, he played alright, I just know he can play more mistake free basketball.
Donnie Hale [20min] - 5 PTS, 5 REB (3 ORB), 1 AST, 1 STL, 2 TO
Donnie's timing is off. Leaping to rebound or block shots is a big part of his game, the ability to spring off the floor and get second and third tips. It's affecting his ability to finish strong at the hoop. He needs to gather himself and not let the speed of the game get to him. As he gains playing time, expect his shot blocking and rebounding to get better.
Travis Carroll [6min] - 1 ORB, 3 PF
Not much here. Maybe matchup issues caused his low minutes, but most likely it's that Purdue has better options. Don't know why he started tonight, but Hammons will be in there soon.
AJ Hammons [21min] - 20 PTS 8-10 FGM-A, 4-4 FTM-A, 8 REB, 2 AST, 1 STL, 2 BLK
If AJ can play ever game the way he did tonight with patience, presence and finesse Painter will demand he touch the ball every time down the floor. Had a nice little jumper in the middle of the 1st half that got his confidence going. Then in the 2nd he was versatile; back to the basketball, put backs, jump hooks, and hitting his free throws. He needs to learn soon how to pass out of the post before the double-team gets to him. Teams will adjust like OSU did late in the game and AJ turned it over. Great breakout game though and encouraging it was against a big athletic team.
Ronnie Johnson [18min] - 0 PTS 0-5 FGM-A, 3 REB, 0 AST, 2 TO
Ronnie was not in it the whole game. He didn't start because he left his road jersey at home and that situation affected him. Painter has said it before, RJ needs to know when to push it and when to pull it back. His fast break ability can be really good, but RJ needs to pick his spots. Purdue has never been a fast break team and that transition game is going to take time.
Jacob Lawson [14min] - 2 PTS, 3 REB, 1 AST, 4 PF
Jacob had a rough start to the game. He couldn't stop OSU's Jason Collier and got into foul trouble early, which really limited his play. Purdue really needs him to be that guy that can guard an athletic 4 or even the occasional wing player. He's just didn't get it done defensively tonight.
Jay Simpson [9min] - 4 PTS, 3 REB, 2 AST, 1 STL, 3 BLK
When Jay found AJ Hammons under the bucket late in the 1st half with the play clock dwindling, you saw the type of game Simpson can bring. He has guard skills and court vision with a 6'9" 250 lb. frame. I really would like to see him get more minutes and I think he will. Conditioning...conditioning..conditioning.
Raphael Davis [7min] - 1 REB, 2 AST
Didn't play much with DJ Byrd playing well tonight.
Dru Anthrop [7min] - 1 AST, 1 STL
With the guards struggling early in the 2nd half Painter tried Anthrop. He plays solid, hustle defense.
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