Purdue had a scholarship open this year and it will be occupied by someone wearing the No. 3 jersey, but it is not Carsen Edwards. Today’s player is essentially taking Carsen’s final year of eligibility and will be asked to be a scorer as well.
Jahaad Proctor - Grad Transfer
Harrisburg, PA (Harrisburg HS, High Point University)
6’3”, 205 pounds
2019-20 Projection: Starter at guard
Proctor is not Carsen Edwards. He is an excellent player in his own right, but they have different games and different styles. Proctor comes to us as a grad transfer from High Point, where he averaged 19.4 points per game last season. He also had a solid 3.3 assists, so he should fit in well with Purdue’s motion offense.
Purdue is technically his third school at the Division I level, as he played the 2015-16 season at Iona before transferring to High Point. He averaged 5.1 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game at Iona, then 16.4 points, 3.6 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game as a junior at High Point. He shot roughly 35% from three in his two years at High Point and was 110 for 310 in his career there. He was also a solid free throw shooter above 75%.
How those numbers translate from he Big South to the Big Ten will be key for him. Purdue has gotten varying contributions from one-year grad transfers in the past. Jon Octeus was essential to the 2014-15 season. Johnny Hill, Sterling Carter, Evan Boudreaux, and Errick Peck all also had their moments. Proctor will probably begin the year as a starter and we’ll see how well he scores at the higher level of the Big Ten.