One of the best shooters of the Matt Painter era, D.J. Byrd, was kind enough to take some time to look back on his time with the Boilermakers, talk about his coaching journey, how things have been going for him at Mercer University and much more! It is always great to see a Purdue guy have success in the coaching ranks. Huge thank you to D.J. for taking the time to do this and being a great listen. Hope you guys enjoy, Boiler Up!
You can watch the full interview using the link below and scroll down for an outline of the conversation:
During the interview, D.J. & I discussed:
- The stresses of the CBB season this past year.
- Mercer’s 2020-21 season and culture they have built over the last two seasons.
- The ups and downs of their season leading up to the Southern Conference Championship Game.
- His path in coaching since the end of his playing career.
- What differences are there from the high school to collegiate levels in terms of coaching style?
- The story of how he ended up being a graduate assistant at Purdue!
- What he was able to give to the program and learn from Matt Painter in those two season.
- How Coach Painter has changed his style since he played for Purdue.
- Playing with the Baby Boilers and memories from his first two season with the Boilermakers.
- How tough it was to struggle as a team during the end of his career.
- Being around such great players like E’Twaun Moore, Robbie Hummel, JaJuan Johnson, Carsen Edwards and more!
- What is was like on the sidelines during Ryan Cline and Carsen Edwards’ NCAA Tournament performances.
- The best players he played with and against in the Big Ten.