Redshirting in basketball, especially as a top 100 recruit, is rare, but Matt painter has never been afraid to do it. Tonight Purdue SID confirmed that it is happening again as both Mason Gillis and Brandon Newman will redshirt the 2019-20 season:
They are redshirting this year.— Chris Forman (@Forman) November 6, 2019
Newman makes some sense because he is a bit behind the other guards and there are not many minutes to be found there. Jahaad Proctor, Eric Hunter Jr., Sasha Stefanovic, Nojel Eastern, and Isaiah Thompson have those spots pretty locked up. With Gillis, there is a similar lack of minutes. He sat out all of last season in high school with knee injuries, and he would be battling Eastern and Stefanovic for minutes at the three as well as Aaron Wheeler, Evan Boudreaux, and maybe Trevion Williams at the four.
This gives Purdue 10 scholarship guys for the season, and of the 12 scholarship players on the roster a total of six will have redshirted as freshman counting Gillis, Newman, Stefanovic, Wheeler, Matt Haarms, and Emmanuel Dowuona.