We knew there was a decent chance at a transfer this offseason, but this one is a surprise. Grant Weatherford, who did not play this past season during a redshirt year as a true freshman, is leaving the program according to a release from Purdue:
Purdue redshirt freshman guard Grant Weatherford has announced his intention to transfer at the conclusion of the semester, head coach Matt Painter announced today.
"We wish Grant the best of luck as he looks to continue his playing career and education at another institution," Painter said.
Weatherford, a 6-2 guard from Cicero, Indiana, will have three years of Division I eligibility remaining after redshirting this past season at Purdue.
This is a stunning move because he basically wasted a year of eligibility and still must sit out in 2016-17 unless he is granted a waiver or drops down to Division II or something. It seemed like he was low on the projected minutes for 2016-17 behind incoming freshman Carsen Edwards, but this leaves Purdue with just two point guards in Edwards and P.J. Thompson.
Purdue does now have an extra scholarship for the big 2017 recruiting class in Indiana and has some options in going after a graduate transfer too. Cullen Neal of New Mexico comes to mind. In a shock move the redshirting freshman will leave the program.