Purdue Basketball comes into the 2020-2021 season with a revamped roster looking to make some noise in the Big Ten.
Despite ending last year’s campaign with a record of 16-15, the Purdue Boilermakers are coming off of a season where they were firmly on the NCAA Tournament bubble. Ranked as the 24th team in the nation by KenPom, Purdue Basketball played the sixth toughest schedule in the country, a result of a rigorous non-conference slate and playing in the deepest conference in the country in the Big Ten.
The Boilermakers were able to bring back three starters from last season in Trevion Williams, Eric Hunter Jr., and Sasha Stefanovic. Five players in total out of Coach Painter’s 9-man rotation return with Aaron Wheeler and Isaiah Thompson.
However, it is tough for a program to go through an offseason without some major losses. Jahaad Proctor, Purdue’s third-leading scorer last season, and key rotation cog Evan Boudreaux have graduated from the university. 7’3″ Matt Haarms is quite literally a big loss for Purdue and leaves a hole to be filled in their frontcourt. Former 4-star recruit Nojel Eastern also transferred to Howard, as he never seemed to materialize offensively under Painter’s system.
Purdue also brings in a three-man recruiting class including two four-stars in Ethan Morton and Jaden Ivey and a three-star big in Zach Edey. Redshirt freshmen Mason Gillis and Brandon Newman should also see action for the first time this season.
As of today, the Boilermakers head into next season with eleven scholarship players. Let’s take a look at how their depth chart seems to be shaping up for next season.