What is the best way to close out the day if you are a Purdue fan? After an astounding win over Missouri on the road we get to talk a little basketball too, as our countdown to Purdue basketball begins with one of our many freshmen.
Sasha Stefanovic - Fr.
Crown Point, IN (Crown Point HS)
6’4”, 195 pounds
2017-18 Projection: Possible redshirt
Will Sasha redshirt this year? With Dakota Mathias and Ryan Cline as the resident “Never Leave the White Guys Open” shooting guards there may not be a lot of minutes for Sasha this year. He projects as a reserve for those two guys and both are established upperclassmen that are going to play the majority of minutes at the 2 or the 3.
Still, Sasha is making coach Painter’s decision difficult. He got to play quite a bit in Taiwan and he ended up looking the best of Purdue’s freshmen. He averaged 20 points, 7 rebounds, and 2.1 assists for Crown Point last season and this summer, taking a massive step up in weight class, had a few big games at the World University Games. Is it worth not redshirting him if he only plays 5-10 minutes a night, but gets to come in and knock down open threes?
That is coach Painter’s decision.