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Purdue awards scholarships to a pair of basketball walk-ons

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Sunday was a good day if you were a Purdue basketball walk-on. If you were a walk-on on the roster, you likely got the next year of schooling paid for. Both Jon McKeeman and Grady Eifert were awarded scholarships for the 2016-17 season as a thank you for their hard effort:

For McKeeman, he is the old man of the team. He is the lone player that has been on the roster for five years now. He joined the team late in the 2012-13 season and played a single minute against Western Illinois in the CBI. The next year he saw action in five games, scoring five points against Central Connecticut State. Those are his only points to date, as he was scoreless in five games in 2014-15, then redshirted last season due to injury.

Eifert was a freshman last season who acquitted himself well in limited action. The 6’6" forward played in 11 games and scored 7 points with 8 rebounds. He is the younger brother of Cincinnati Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert and his dad started 56 games for Purdue in the early 80s.

The reason Purdue is handing out scholarships like candy is its unique scholarship situation. Even with giving two walk-ons a ride this year the Boilers still have one scholarship available according to our chart. That means if there is to be another Jon Octeus October surprise there is room. Maybe Matt Painter knows something about Andrew White III no one else knows? (Not likely, as he is reportedly down to Syracuse and VCU).

Player ('16-'17) ('17-'18) ('18-'19) ('19-'20)
Spike Albrecht Grad
Jon McKeeman Senior
Basil Smotherman RS Junior RS Senior
Vince Edwards Junior Senior
Dakota Mathias Junior Senior
Isaac Haas Junior Senior
P.J. Thompson Junior Senior
Jacquil Taylor RS Soph. RS Junior RS Senior
Ryan Cline Sophomore Junior Senior
Caleb Swanigan Sophomore Junior Senior
Grady Eifert Sophomore
Carsen Edwards Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Scholarships Used 12 9 4 1
Scholarships Left 1 4 9 12