Jeff Washburn of the Journal and Courier continues to astound with his skewed logic, this time regarding Matt Painter's offers to Hyron Edwards and Jordan Ash and Eron Gordon. He asks aloud how young is too young and uses only the Robert Vaden and Derek Willis decommits from Purdue as the only examples of why offering a high school freshman is wrong. The Robert Vaden case, DURING THE KEADY ERA, also included another player in a package deal (Gadis) and everything was run through Gadis's father who was also Vaden's guardian. Also turned out that Indiana coach Mike Davis probably tampered with the kid by showing up at the same church in Indianapolis that Vaden attended. Pretty sure Vaden would have been much better off at Purdue. Derek Willis case was marked by a family not mature enough to understand the process. What Washburn seems to ignore and what pisses me off is that Raph Davis and Jay Simpson both committed after their freshman seasons and remained loyal to the program. Kendall Stephens and Basil Smotherman also committed early in their sophomore seasons. Painter has actually been successful in evaluating young talent (by the way he deserves credit for seeing the willis upside before anyone else) and having the confidence of offering kids who HE KNOWS WOULD FIT AT PURDUE. Washburn insults the very program he is being paid to cover, which is fine if there is something wrong with what's going on but in this instance there is nothing wrong.
Have another donut Washburn.
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