There is a massive hole to fill with the departure of Carsen Edwards to the NBA.
No worries, Coach Painter is out trying to get the best grad transfers that are on the market to fill the Shooting Guard spot.
We also lose Ryan Cline, a dominant three point shooter and Mr. Do It All, Grady Eifert. This leaves Purdue with two open scholarships coming into the season. Will Coach Painter use both on grad transfers if the opportunity arises? Maybe so. I definitely see at least one grad transfer coming.
As of now, we have heard of three grad transfers that either have us in their top 5 or that have said they are coming on an official visit.
These three are:
Christian Keeling - Charleston Southern
Profile: 6-4, 185 Pounds, Shooting Guard
Stats: 18.7 PPG, 6.9 RPG, 2.8 APG, 38% 3PT%, 54% 2PT%,
Breakdown: Keeling has some Carsen to him. He has pretty good ball skills and a nice jumper. He is about 4 inches taller than Carsen was. He doesn’t attack the basket in the same manner, but his jump shot is pure. With shooting near 40% from three, he would be a solid replacement.
Christian Keeling from Charleston Southern is a grad transfer I really like. Great individual scorer who is dominant in screen and roll. Also really good in transition and I love his ability to relocate when his teammates are driving to get open catch and shoot looks. pic.twitter.com/NHH6RhPACH— Eric Fawcett (@Efawcett7) March 28, 2019
Jahaad Proctor - High Point
Profile: 6-3, 215 Pounds, Shooting Guard
Stats: 19.5 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 3.3 APG, 33% 3PT%, 54%, 2PT%
Breakdown: Jahaad is not a great three point shooter, but he is definitely serviceable. Before being at High Point for two seasons, he spent his freshman year at Iona. Jahaad is a thicker two guard that likes to get the bucket for layups. He was usually stronger than the guard across from him in High Point’s conference. Will that be the same in the B1G? Probably not, but I do believe his game will transfer over very well.
Jaevin Cumberland - Oakland
Profile: 6-3, 185 Pounds, Shooting Guard
Stats: 17 PPG, 2.9 RPG, 3.5 APG, 40% 3PT%, 48% 2PT%
Breakdown: This was Cumberlands first full year as the starting shooting guard at Oakland. He played 37 MPG in 2018-2019, which was 27 minutes more than any other season when he was at Oakland. Last year, was a lost season, as he only played 8 games before getting injured for the year. He exploded on the scene this season. He is more of a jump shooter rather than getting to the bucket. With only one season with a bunch of minutes, it worries me a bit about the transfer of his game to the B1G, but jump shooting never goes away.
If I was ranking who I would want the most from these three from one to three. I would put it like this.
- Jahaad Proctor
- Christian Keeling
- Jaevin Cumberland
I love Proctors game. The ability to be able to get to the bucket is something we will need with Carsen leaving. While he only shot 33% from three this season, he shot 38% from three the year before.
Keeling has a nice game too. I see him more of a jump shooter, but he is a hell of a rebounder for a shooting guard, something we will need with the loss of Ryan Cline who was a pretty good rebounding shooting guard.
I also like Cumberland, none of these guys are far apart for me. But, the one year of starting experience and previous injuries worries me just a little bit. I think he is more reliant as a jup shooter, so would be a better fill for a Ryan Cline hole, but we need to first fill the Carsen void.
With two scholarships open, I am fine with any of these three guys. I would be really happy with two of them. There are shots and minutes to be taken. Having a player come in who has experience in the NCAA is something Coach Painter has shown he is okay with.