The 2020-2021 Boilers are built for March.
Young, athletic, energetic and changing trajectory of this Boilermaker basketball team.
Purdue Basketball isn’t sexy.
It is not filled with Lottery Picks.
It is grittiness, talented big men, a guard who can get his shot at anytime, 3 point shooters (when they are on) and some solid defensive players.
Is this Matt Painter’s best season thus far in terms of development and coaching? I would venture to say yes it is and it probably isn’t all that close.
In the off-season he lost two to be seniors in Matt Haarms and Nojel Eastern. Two players he developed and played heavy minutes for three seasons.
Enter Zach Edey, the Toronto Tower, Big Maple, whatever nickname you want. He has filled the back up center role admirably and has exceeded all of our expectations.
It has been only a couple of seasons since we had someone named Carsen Edwards, who could get his shot at any given time. With Jaden Ivey, we have someone like that again. He is not yet the shooter that Carsen was, but he can get to the rim with ease.
The defensive play by Eric Hunter Jr and Mason Gillis are next level. EHJ stifles the opponents best guard or wing player damn near every single game. Gillis plays bully ball with his Defensive End sized frame and scrappiness.
Then, the shooting of Sasha Stefanovic, Brandon Newman and Isaiah Thompson. While they are not always consistent, they are good enough that the defense has to respect them and cannot sink on an Ivey drive or always be left wide open when a team doubles Trevion Williams or Zach Edey.
The continued growth this team has shown over the last few months has been nothing short of amazing. This young but talented team is ready.
This team is built for March.