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Purdue Basketball Recruiting: Jon Octeus Transfers to the Boilers

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Purdue picks up a surprise point guard on the eve of the season.

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So I did not know about this until seeing a FanPost by Bernard_Karmell_Pollard, but it looks like Purdue has gained an unexpected transfer from Colorado State:

Colorado State transfer Jon Octeus said that he has committed to Purdue and will be eligible immediately for the entire 2014-15 season.

Octeus initially committed to UCLA after graduating from Colorado State but didn't get into the Bruins' graduate school program.

A 6-4 guard, Octeus averaged 13.4 points and 4.7 rebounds last season.

That's a pretty good pickup! As a graduate transfer he is immediately eligible and has one year of eligibility. He has been quite a few places in his career:

2010-11 - Redshirted as a JuCo after originally committing to Garden City Community College out of Royal Palm Beach High in Miami. He was at Wabash Valley College in Mt. Carmel, IL, but did not play.

2011-12 - He averaged 12.3 points, 5.4 rebounds, 2.7 assists, and 1.5 steals per game for Wabash in 29 games.

2012-13 - After just one JuCo season he transferred to Colorado State, where he played in all 35 games and averaged 4.7 points and had 45 assists. He played nearly 20 minutes per game and shot 78.7% from the line. It was in this season that he gained the only NCAA Tournament experience that anyone on the team has. He played 24 minutes and had 12 points, 6 rebounds, and an assist in an 84-72 win over Missouri in the first round. His next round game, an 82-56 loss to Louisville, saw him only score six points.

2013-14 - He had a much better season last year in a larger role. He played 33.6 minutes per game and averaged 13.4 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 2.3 assists. He also shot better, hitting 40% from the field and 35.5% from three.

It looks like Octeus was brought in for depth. He has plenty of experience, can score, distribute, and even has some three-point range. With Bryson Scott still trying to come on at the point and P.J. Thompson being a true freshman Purdue desperately needs the depth. He gives Purdue 11 scholarship players and some badly needed leadership, but joining the team 37 days before the season means he has a very short time to mesh with everyone.

Here are some highlights:

And finally, the updated scholarship grid:

Player

('14-'15)

('15-'16)

('16-'17)

('17-'18)

('18-'19)

Jon Octeus

Graduate





Neal Beshears

Senior





Stephen Toyra

Junior

Senior




Rapheal Davis

Junior

Senior




A.J. Hammons

Junior

Senior




Bryson Scott

Sophomore

Junior

Senior



Basil Smotherman

Sophomore

Junior

Senior



Kendall Stephens

Sophomore

Junior

Senior



Vince Edwards

Freshman

Sophomore

Junior

Senior


Dakota Mathias

Freshman

Sophomore

Junior

Senior


Isaac Haas

Freshman

Sophomore

Junior

Senior


Jacquil Taylor

Freshman

Sophomore

Junior

Senior


P.J. Thompson

Freshman

Sophomore

Junior

Senior


Ryan Cline


Freshman

Sophomore

Junior

Senior

Grant Weatherford


Freshman

Sophomore

Junior

Senior







Scholarships Used

13

12

10

7

2

Scholarships Left

0

1

3

6

11