Less than a week after Aaron Wheeler announced he would be leaving the Purdue basketball program, Emmanuel Dowuona joins Wheeler in the NCAA Transfer Portal.
This comes as no surprise given the circumstances of his short Purdue career thus far. Dowuona came in as a 3-star recruit and labeled as a “project” and evidently ends up as a failed endeavor for Matt Painter and the Boilermakers. Playing in only 9 games across three years on campus, he averaged 1.3 points and 0.9 rebounds in 3.4 minutes per contest.
The 6’10’ big man was redshirted his first year in West Lafayette, followed by a season in which he was behind Trevion Williams and Matt Haarms in 2019-20. This past season, he appeared to have difficulty recovering from Covid-19 after testing positive before the season. Even if he was healthy, it would not have been likely for him to see the floor much with the pleasant surprise Zach Edey was this year.
Now, with Wheeler and Duwuona leaving Purdue, Matt Painter has two open scholarships to use for next season should he choose to. Regardless of these transfer decisions, the arrival of 4-star recruits Trey Kaufman-Renn and Caleb Furst more than makeup for the subtractions and could even be considered an upgrade, but that remains to be seen.
Purdue’s frontcourt now consists of Trevion Williams and Zach Edey at the center position, then the combination of Mason Gillis, Furst, and Kaufman-Renn at the forward spot. The 6’10’ Furst is also more than capable to play center if Williams and Edey get into foul trouble, injuries, etc.
Watch out for Matt Painter to look around in the transfer portal himself to bring depth to the Boilermakers for next season.
Dowuona’s story is an unfortunate turn of events for a great young man with loads of potential. A potential landing spot could be North Carolina State where his younger brother, Ebenezer Duwuona just finished up his freshman season. All of Boilermakers Nation wishes him the best wherever he chooses to continue his career. Good luck Emmanuel and Boiler Up!