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Men Of Mackey Changes Up Roster

Unfortunately, three key players can no longer make it to Columbus.

NCAA Basketball Tournament - First Round - Purdue v UALR Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images

We’re only a few weeks away from the first game for the Men of Mackey in The basketball Tournament over in Columbus, but today meant some roster changes. First, there was the announcement that P.J. Thompson, Ryan Cline, and Grady Eifert were not going to be able to play:

That means we have some replacement players, and the first is the third graduate transfer that came to the program in recent years as Jumpin’ Johnny Hill is now part of the team:

Hill was only able to play in West Lafayette a single season, but he averaged 5.1 points and 2.3 assists during the 2015-16 season.

The next two players were not quite men of Mackey as they are not former Purdue players:

Justin Dentmon is a somewhat familiar name to Purdue fans, as we ended his collegiate career in the 2009 NCAA Tournament second round against Washington. If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em, I guess. He had five points and three assists in 27 minutes in that game and eventually made it into 8 NBA games total with San Antonio, Toronto, and Dallas before having a successful European career.

Ethan Stair just finished up his college career averaging 14.6 points per game for Mercer this past season. He hit more than 140 three-pointers in his career at Mercer and was over 40% in 2018-19.

While we’re diappointed we don’t get to see Grady, Ryan, and P.J., these are solid additions. The team will start play on July 5th at Nationwide Arena in Columbus on one of the ESPN networks.