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Basil Smotherman Leaves Purdue Basketball

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In a surprise move, Basil is gone.

NCAA Basketball: Western Illinois at Purdue Sandra Dukes-USA TODAY Sports

Well, this is surprising. In a release from Purdue as of about 5 minutes ago, Basil Smotherman is no longer on the team

Purdue men’s basketball head coach Matt Painter has announced that redshirt-junior forward Basil Smotherman is no longer a member of the Purdue basketball roster.

“There are standards and expectations that our student-athletes must follow and Basil has not met these guidelines. We have mutually agreed the best route for him is to no longer be a member of our squad,” Painter said.

Smotherman appeared in 18 games this year, averaging 3.9 points, 1.7 rebounds and 0.8 assists in 12.1 minutes per game off the bench.

There has been a lot of fan questioning about what Basil would do after the season as his minutes dwindled, but it looks like something happened overnight to end his Purdue career early.

Basil did have an offseason incident that had him suspended for the season opener, so there is a small amount of history here. He has a year of eligibility remaining, but since he already used a redshirt year he would have to graduate to use it.

This also means that Matt Painter’s entire 2013 recruiting class is gone before their eligibility is up. Bryson Scott is doing well at IPFW, while Kendall Stephens left after last season and is sitting out a year at Nevada this year before playing one more next year. It was a class that came to Purdue with a lot of promise as all three members were 4 star recruits. Now all three will finish their careers elsewhere.