On Monday evening, Caleb Furst announced his commitment to play for the Boilermakers and was the first pledge for the 2021 class.
Today Matt Painter picked up another commitment, this time was Carson Barrett accepting a Prefered Walk On spot with Purdue to join the 2020 recruiting class of Jaden Ivey, Zach Edey, and Ethan Morton.
Barrett is a 6’5” wing player that played his high school ball for local Lafayette Central Catholic High School just about 4 miles down the road. His father, Dave Barrett, played for Gene Keady from 1987-1991 where he won a Big Ten Championship in 1988 and played on 3 NCAA Tournament teams.
Carson played varsity all 4 years during his time with the Knights and was an extremely consistent player. For his career he suited up for 106 games, averaging 15.1 points, 6.5 assists, and 9.6 rebounds all while shooting 59% from the floor.
During his senior season, he put up 18.8 points, 10.2 rebounds and 6.5 assists a night. He is clearly a guy who can do a little bit of everything, granted in high school is impressive nonetheless. He posted a double-double per game over his last three season and his career-high in assists per game was 7.9 per contest when he was a junior.
With a solid recruiting class coming in that will give Matt Painter great depth next season and Carson being a Walk-On, do not expect him to get many minutes aside from the end of the game in big wins. Purdue has seen the Anthrop brothers come out of the same school and work hard to be very valuable for the Boilermakers.
This will not get Purdue fans extremely excited as the Caleb Furst commitment did, but walk-on players are instrumental in the success of a college basketball team without much recognition. Looking at next season, the Purdue walk-on squad will be a fairly talented bunch with Maliq Carr and Barrett joining Matt Frost and Jared Wulbrun with the king of Mackey Arena, Tommy Luce, graduating.
He will no doubt be a great practice player as he is skilled with good size for a wing. It is also very possible to see him come in, work hard and be awarded more playing time and a scholarship down the line if the numbers allow it similarly to how Grady Eifert worked his way up to being an effective starter during his senior season.
Congrats Carson and welcome aboard, Boiler Up!