Between the big signing of Johnny Hill, and the Caleb Swanigan saga, Purdue basketball has been garnering a lot of attention in the last few days. And while most fans were refreshing twitter all day waiting for news out of Fort Wayne or West Lafayette, you may just have missed this tidbit.
S/O to DB's Grady Eifert who has accepted a Preferred Walk On opportunity at Purdue University! Brings it everyday! pic.twitter.com/qyIyCgx9k6— Don Bosco Prep IN (@DonBoscoHoops) May 11, 2015
Eifert is a 6'6" forward from Fort Wayne whose family has connections to 80's era Purdue basketball and the NFL. Grady's father, Greg Eifert, played for Keady from '81-'84 and won a Big Ten Championship as a senior while starting every game. Unfortunately, Greg Eifert is likely more remembered as the father of a potential Boiler legacy gone elsewhere. Tyler Eifert played Tight End for the Notre Dame football team and had two big games to help beat the Boilers in 2011 and 2012 before moving on to play for the Cincinnati Bengals.
Grady played for Bishop Dwenger in high school, reaching semi-state his senior season in 2014. This past season he played for Don Bosco Prep in Crown Point, Indiana. It doesn't look like he had any serious recruiting interest from any Division-1 schools, but Matt Painter and staff obviously saw enough in him to offer him a spot on the roster. We here at H&R love walk-ons and after what happened last season with Michigan and Illinois, you never know just how important these guys can become when injuries hit.
Welcome aboard Grady! Glad to have you as a Boiler!