Was it me, or did the NBA draft process seem longer than usual this year? Last year, we knew that Biggie was gone and that Vince Edwards and Isaac Haas would return.
This year, we really had no idea. Carsen was named the best shooting guard in the nation and Nojel is a freak at guard with his height and size. The 2018-2019 season really was in their hands.
Good news for us, they both decided to come back. ESPN also thought this was big with their new, “Way Too Early Top 25”.
In this, Myron Medcalf ranked our Boilermakers 25th. He stated the following:
“The NBA isn’t desperate to find more 6-1 point guards, which is why Carsen Edwards’ decision to enter the draft always felt more like a learning opportunity than a career move. The sophomore who led Purdue with 18.5 PPG is back for his junior season. That’s why Purdue earned top-25 consideration after losing the strongest senior class in America.
With Edwards and Matt Haarms (2.1 BPG), Matt Painter will have a strong inside-outside combo. Depth is a concern, but Dartmouth grad transfer Evan Boudreaux (17.5 PPG) will join the program after decommitting from Xavier following Chris Mack’s move to Louisville.”
So, basically, he ranked us at 25 because Carsen is a freak. It will be tough to overcome the loss of four seniors, but with Boogie leading the show, anything is possible.
As for the rest of the B1G, this is how it shaked out:
Michigan State (9)
AND that is it.
I think people are still not giving the B1G the credit they deserve, but they will learn some day.
As for us, Myron Medcalf ranks us 25th, because we returned the best damn shooting guard in the conference and in the Nation. I am glad people recognize how good Carsen really is.