Purdue finally has its won team in The Basketball Tournament. Sure, the immortal Willie Deane has played in the past, but we finally have a team our own with The Men of Mackey. This morning the official Men of Mackey Twitter account started announcing the roster of recent Purdue players that would be taking part.
Here are the first six team members:
Announcement!! We are excited to announce Rapheal Davis as the first player on our roster. A 6’6” guard out of Fort Wayne and former Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year! Let’s go!! @BoilerBall @thetournament #BoilerUp pic.twitter.com/k1CdCngLzV— Men of Mackey (@PurdueTbt) May 13, 2020
Rapheal Davis was one of the strongest team leaders in his time at Purdue and helped restore the program at the top of the Big Ten. A known defensive specialist, he was also a 1,000 point scorer during his career. Ray D. is a great addition.
Roster Addition #2 Please help us welcome @pj_thompson11 to the #MenOfMackey squad! P.J. took @BoilerBall to the NCAA tourney all four years of his career and holds the second best ast/turnover ratio in Purdue history. We’re so pumped to see him in the Gold and Black again! pic.twitter.com/nFSNCJctbl— Men of Mackey (@PurdueTbt) May 13, 2020
Big Shot P.J. Thompson is one of my favorite recent Boilers. He shot better than 40% from three in his career and was always a calm, steady presence in the backcourt. He is such a consummate Boilermaker he returned this past season as a graduate assistant coach after playing professionally for a year in Denmark.
A roster announcement of biblical proportions Who’s ready to see Jon Octeus do some more baptizing this summer?!?! Help us welcome @morethanahooper to the squad this summer! @thetournament @BoilerBall pic.twitter.com/sOXgMYrk81— Men of Mackey (@PurdueTbt) May 13, 2020
A Pan-Am Games Gold Medalist in 3 on 3 basketball, Jon Octeus was only at Purdue for a single season, but it was a memorable tenure. He provided Purdue with an athletic presence at point guard, and of course had a cold-blooded murder of Collin Hartman on his record. Let’s hope the Bloomington Police Department stays away from The Basketball Tournament, because he is probably still wanted for murder. The good news is that it is a 64 team tournament, so further IU players won’t be there.
Next up we have a big man.
Roster announcement #4: We are so excited to welcome @theoriginalhaas to the #MenOfMackey! Isaac balled out for the Salt Lake City Stars in the G-League this year and we can’t wait to see him in Gold and Black again this summer! @thetournament @BoilerBall pic.twitter.com/61xGWCaKb1— Men of Mackey (@PurdueTbt) May 13, 2020
Karma owes us a deep, deep run with Isaac Haas after what happened in 2018. His size is pretty much unmatched in an event like this. He invites the double team in the low post, opening things up for shooters outside.
Roster Announcement 5/6 for the day: Everyone welcome @EifertGrady to the #MenOfMackey squad! From walk-on to starter on our Elite 8 team, Grady is the definition of sticking with it! #Boilermaker pic.twitter.com/oFUTdfFmtK— Men of Mackey (@PurdueTbt) May 13, 2020
Welcome aboard, Grady Eifert! You need a glue guy on a team like this. A guy that doesn’t care if he gets shots. A guy that rebounds, defends, and does all the dirty work. That’s Eifert, who climbed from “little used walk-on” to “starter on a near Final Four team and two-time Big Ten Champion”.
Roster announcement 6/6 for the day Please welcome the sniper @Ryan_Cline13 to the #MenOfMackey team! 6th in @BoilerBall history in career 3-pointers made and record holder in asst/turnover ratio. Retweet if you’re excited to see him drain some 3’s this summer! pic.twitter.com/8ytt3K27V8— Men of Mackey (@PurdueTbt) May 13, 2020
Purdue has a sniper with Ryan Cline on board! Cline left Purdue as one of the best shooters in school history and famously shot down Tennessee in the Sweet 16. He is an excellent addition.
To view the team and sign up as a supporter visit their page at The Basketball Tournament.