With three open scholarship Purdue is very busy in this spring recruiting season, especially with only two scholarship athletes as upperclassmen. Purdue will likely be one of the youngest teams in the Big Ten next year as a result, so bringing in a fifth-year transfer or two could be very beneficial in terms of experience.
Enter Errick Peck, a fifth-year transfer who has recently played at Cornell but played in high school with Kelsey Barlow at Cathedral in Indianapolis. He visited Purdue earlier this week and would be a one-year hired gun that can play immediately if he does decide to move to West Lafayette.
Peck could fit in very well as a Barlow-type. He has a similar build at 6'6" 224 pounds and he has been a regular contributor in his three seasons at Cornell. Back in high school he was a very productive player for Cathedral, scoring 14.4 points and grabbing 11.1 rebounds per game as a senior. That led to his offer at Cornell.
While playing for the Fightin' Andy Bernards he played immediately in 2009-10. He played in almost every game for Cornell's stunning run to the Sweet 16 when they upset Wisconsin and Temple before falling to Kentucky. His season high was 14 points against Dartmouth, but he averaged 3.3 points and 1.5 rebounds.
As a sophomore in 2010-11 Peck played more, going from 7.4 minutes to 23 minutes per game and upping his scoring to 11 points per game. He was also an active rebounder at 3.6 per game and added 1.3 assists per contest. Cornell failed to return to the NCAA Tournament, then Peck missed the entire 2011-12 season with a knee injury and was forced to redshirt.
This season saw his numbers dip and Cornell struggled to a 13-18 record, but Peck played 24.5 minutes per game coming off of injury and scored 9.7 points with 4.8 rebounds. He also was more involved as a distributor at 1.6 assists.
If some of these numbers sound similar it is because they are close ot what Barlow was giving us before his departure. Barlow averaged 8.3 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 1.7 assists in his final season in West Lafayette. Peck has some more bulk to use on the glass as well.
What I like about Peck is that he can be a viable outside threat. He's not a dedicated three-point shooter, but is still respectable at roughly 35% from long range in his career (45 of 127). He is an inside-out player that can definitely be useful. Peck also comes from an Ivy league school, so you know he is a very smart played that can likely adapt to Purdue's offense and culture quickly.
Being an Indiana kid, Peck is familiar with Purdue, but he is also considering Xavier, Duquesne, or Loyola-Chicago. He expected to make a decision by next weekend. He is mostly interested in enrolling at Krannert as a grad student and will graduate from Cornell this month.