It has seemed like an eternity that the college basketball season has ended so why not take a look at next year and also have some fun with some all time greats from the Purdue basketball program. First, looking at next season Purdue should have a team that can compete for not only a Big Ten title but can be considered a fringe national title contender.
Learn more about college basketball odds and where Purdue stands going into next year which is in the back half of the top 20 at +4500, which could be a value play. Within the Big Ten they are only behind Michigan which is at +2200.
One big question is if this current crop of Boilermakers can live up to the hype of the mid-90s to 2000 which saw the team go to four Sweet 16 appearances and a pair of Elite Eight showings. Time will tell but now let's have some fun looking back into the past to remember the all-time great Purdue basketball stars.
Joe Barry Carroll
Carroll was a seven-footer and one of the best big men ever to play for Purdue, helping lead the Boilermakers to the Final Four in 1980. That same year, he was the first pick in the NBA Draft and went on to have a 10-year NBA career, spending most of his best years with the Warriors.
As a rookie, he averaged 18.9 points and 9.3 rebounds per contest but it took years to gain proper recognition and was finally named an All-star in 1987 despite posting comparable numbers for several seasons before that. When all was said and done, Carroll only made one all-star appearance but averaged 17.7 points and 7.7 rebounds per game over his 10 seasons.
Miller had aone of a kind career at Purdue, he aided them to four straight NCAA Tournaments, including a Sweet 16 trip in his last year on campus. Despite going undrafted, he ended up playing 14 seasons in the NBA and was twice named an All-star
Some of his best years were wasted with the Kings. But Miller did average a double-double for one season in his prime and finished his 14 seasons averaging 11.2 points and 7.1 rebounds per game.
Is there any other? There is no question that the Big Dog is the best basketball player in Purdue history and also the most successful former Boilermaker to play in the NBA, He put up over 20 points and six rebounds per game over his career. However, he spent most of his career trying to bring the Milwaukee Bucks back to life.
He did lead the Bucks to the Eastern Conference Finals in 2001. Robinson did play eight seasons for the Bucks, twice being named an All-Star. He then came off the bench for the Spurs when they won the 2005 NBA championship in what would be his last NBA season.
Who will be the next great Purdue star to also achieve that same status at the NBA level?