Can Purdue’s Impressive Recruiting Class Help Their Horrid Offense?
Last season, Purdue had an anemic offense that paved their way to a disappointing 16-18 season.
The Boilermakers averaged just 63.8 points a game in Big Ten play and shot the third-worst field goal percentage at just 45.8 percent. They also made the fewest 3-pointers and had just one effective scorer, Terone Johnson, and even he shot just barely over 40 percent from the field 62 percent from the free throw line.
So, will this terrible offense continue next season for Purdue, or can they turn it around?
The good news is that Purdue has three very good recruits coming in net fall, two in the top-70 from Rivals and a third who is in the top-120. The trio is lead by Kendall Stephens, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard from Illinois who is the no. 61 player in the 2013 class and no. 19 at his position.
Joining Stephens in the backcourt is point guard Bryson Scott, from Indiana, who is no. 75 in the country and the 16th best point guard. Closing things out is lanky, athletic small forward Basil Smotherman, also from Indiana.
Now, I am not saying that these three, who comprise the no. 24 class in the country according to Rivals, will be world-beaters offensively from day one. However, they should be expected to produce, especially Stephens, who is already known for his impressive all-around offensive skill set.
Purdue had no punch on offense this year. For their sake, hopefully this new wave of talented freshmen will be able to change that next season.
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