Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Like Eric Gordon Only Better

Recruiting master Matt Painter has replaced the departed Chris Lutz, and he did it in less than 5 days. Purdue filled that opening last Saturday night, when Bridgton (Maine) Academy shooting guard Greg Hill verbally committed to the Boilermakers. The Merrillville, IN native was also sporting offers from the likes of Kansas State, Georgia, Nevada, and Utah. Illinois was also close to offering. Hill bolsters Purdue's already very impressive recruiting class and will have four years of eligibility with the Boilermakers.

Hill provides some nice size on the perimeter at 6'2'' 215 and according to Coach Painter has a nice stroke from long range. Before enrolling at Bridgton to get his grades in order, Hill played on the same AAU team as fellow Purdue signees Robbie Hummel, Scott Martin, and E'Twaun Moore. The chemistry they developed as teammates on the very successful SYF Players should be a big positive for years to come. Hummel and Martin even made the trip down to West Lafayette from Valparaiso to visit Hill when he was on his official visit.

When asked to describe his game Hill said, "I'm probably another version of Eric Gordon, but I pass a lot and get my teammates involved more." Great quote. Simply oustanding.

Purdue signee Scott Martin, his Valparaiso teammate Robbie Hummel, East Chicago's E'Twaun Moore and Franklin Central's JaJuan Johnson made history Saturday, becoming members of the first Indiana All-Star team to include as many as four Boilermaker recruits. The selections mark the first time since the 1998 team - Maynard Lewis, John Allison and Rodney Smith - that Purdue had this many all-stars on a single team.

Saturday, April 7, 2007

Busy Week In Boiler Sports

During a time when the basketball season has just wrapped up and spring football practice is barely getting started, who knew there could be so much news surrounding Boilermaker Athletics. This time of year, no news is good news. Here is a recap...

It's never good when comments made by Joe Tiller make an appearance on a site like Deadspin. Those internets and the knuckleheads that write on them are certainly no friend of Joe's. For the rest of spring and for fall practices, Tiller is moving his team to the Mollenkopf Athletic Center and the outdoor fields beside it, where the Boilermakers practice during the season. Tiller had this to say about the decision, "I'm tired of blogging and guys talking about our practices and postings and all that stuff. All it is is more problems than it is value." The guys at Boiled Sports have a hilarious commentary about Joe and his grumpy attitude.

Former Purdue standout wide receiver Darryl Stingley was found dead in his Chicago home this week at the age of 55. Stingley was an All-Big Ten wide receiver in 1971 and went on to play in the NFL. Stingley was paralyzed from the neck down due to a vicious hit from Jack Tatum in a 1978 preseason game. Strangely enough, Tatum never even reached out to Stingley to say he was sorry. Was it a dirty hit? You decide for yourself.

Disturbing. That is the best way to describe the recent events involving Torri Williams and Selwyn Lymon. Both were out late on the morning of Thursday March 29th and involved in some unfortunate incidents. Lymon was stabbed in an altercation outside of Nick's Nightclub at 3am and had to be rushed to the hospital, where he arrived in critical condition. Williams was arrested the same night on suspicion of DUI. Williams has been suspended indefinitely while Lymon was just released from the hospital and will make a full recovery.

There are a couple things that really bother me about these events. First, why isn't anyone stepping forward and taking responsibility for this? This football team badly needs some outspoken leaders to hold others accountable. This means you Stanford Keglar and Dustin Keller. Second, why in the hell were these guys were out late on a school night when they had practice at 8am. What kind of dedication is that? Apparently, Purdue is not the only Big Ten school having these kind of problems right now.

Purdue's most improved player during the 2006-07 season and Big Ten's best three-point shooter is leaving town. In a move that on the surface doesn't make much sense, guard Chris Lutz has announced his plans to transfer from Purdue due to homesickness. With the departure of Lutz, Marcus Green is the only one remaining of Matt Painter's inaugural recruiting class at Purdue. Hell, even Purdue's fire chief is leaving town.