Basketball Freshman Progress (Jay, Bryson, Kendall, Basil)

Jay Simpson

-14.8 MPG, 7.3 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 1.1 TPG, 50% FG, 67% FT

- I would say that this has been an up and down season so far for Simpson. His down point being his ejection during the Ok State game cut short what might have been his best half of the season as he was a our best player in the first half versus OK State. He proven to be a very skilled big man that can hit the outside jumper and a great passer out of the post. There isn't a lot to talk about so far, but I certainly see the talent that Painter has always talked about, and we should be anxious to watch him improve and grow as a player. I hope he becomes more consistent and more dominant as the year goes on, and stop missing so many easy buckets. But I see a bright future for him if he puts in the work.

Kendall Stephens

-19.5 MPG, 6.8 PPG, 1.9 RPG, 0.6 APG, 0.5 TPG, 39% FG, 38% 3PT

- Kendall is the pure shooter that I have ever seen play at Purdue. He has a quick high release that is almost unblock-able. His has started most of the season and has allowed room for our perimeter attackers just merely by being out on the floor. You already know that every team simply has him as shooter on the scouting report. I would like him to make some pump fake and step in jumpers because guys are gonna be closing out on him so fast he should be able to drive by and get to the bucket. He mainly needs to work on defense and getting better at staying in front of his man. We all know his strength is an issue, but it is more likely to see the quickness sooner than the muscle. Love his demeanor on the court. He has a good attitude and I know he is going to continually improve every game and be a good player for us for his duration at Purdue.

Basil Smotherman

-14.8 MPG, 5.3 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 0.3 TPG, 64% FG, 50% FT

- When I look at all of the freshman i believe Basil is the one who has come in and filled his role the best. He doesn't make a whole lot of mistakes, doesn't really shoot bad shots. He comes in, plays defense, hits the boards, and if were lucky provides energy via highlight reel plays. I really like his athleticism on the court and have loved how hard this guy hits the boards, feel like most of his points come off tip ins when we are all about to yell at one of our guards for taking a horrible shot. He works hard out there and that is sometimes the most encouraging thing I see in Basil, cause i feel like some players just don't always look engaged out there. He needs to cut down on going for steals off passes. He has been burned a few times doing that. I hope he continues to refine his game and work on his shooting. But for right now the best trait is that he never seems to be trying to do too much. High ceiling for this kid. Not as skilled at his position coming in as a Vince Edwards will be, but his athleticism is unrivaled on this team. Based on this last game starting and being in the game for final minutes we could see Basil a lot more on the court.

Bryson Scott

-17.3 MPG, 10.5 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 1.3 APG, 1.4 TPG, 1.1 SPG, 40% FG, 72% FT

-For good and bad this freshman is the one easiest to talk about. We constantly are talking about his fearless bulldog mentality and how it is strength and also his kryptonite. Bryson has shown so far his struggles in vision while attacking. He needs to improve at distributing and starting the offense. He needs to also improve in the concepts of team defense, individually he is good but sometimes gets mixed up on screens and sometimes gets beat when guarding off the ball. His shot selection is also questionable a lot but so has basically all of our guards. I do believe the positive trumps all that in the end. He has already proven to be a capable scorer for us, a solid on the ball defender, and a guy who brings intensity the whole game. We saw that when he got right up in Marcus Smart's face. He can get to the basket against anybody and finishes, and HITS FTs. Guards are essential to college basketball and Bryson has the skill, body,work ethic, and attitude to be a great guard for us, and believe that is not just the next three years but this one also. His distributing and decision making needs work but he has 8 games under him so their is no need to feel like those won't get better.

This is a special group of freshman we have here and I think a group that could possibly be four starters next year, as each of them has already started one game this year. Not including Jay who is technically part of the 2012 class, I think these three could actually be the better class. I know it is a leap but there attitudes and desire to be the best just make me believe it. Cause last year we saw that attitude may be the most important thing to see in regards to improvement. I see all of there time playing increasing as the season goes on due to the fact that Painter usually trims the rotation as the season goes on. Most of their numbers are pretty good on the season, but as long as they help contribute to wins in any way I don't care about the stats. Please give me thoughts on how you guys view the freshman below, interested to see what you think about them and their play. Maybe this will give us a break from talking about our frustration with the other players (not to give specifics). 5297aa2b0438e

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