2022 Record: 29-6 (15-5)
Head Coach: Matt Painter (Career Record 438-203) (Purdue Record 413-198)
PG: Braden Smith (9.7 Pts, 4.2 Reb, 4.4 Ast)
SG: Lance Jones (Southern Illinois 13.8 Pts, 2.1 Reb, 3.4 Ast)
SF: Fletcher Loyer (11.0 Pts, 1.7 Reb, 2.4 Ast)
PF: Mason Gillis (6.8 Pts, 3.8 Reb, 1.3 Ast)
C: Zach Edey (22.3 Pts, 12.9 Reb, 1.5 Ast)
6: PF Trey Kaufman-Renn (4.5 Pts, 1.3 Reb, 0.7 Ast)
7: SG Ethan Morton (3.8 Pts, 2.9 Reb, 2.4 Ast)
8: PF Caleb Furst (5.5 Pts, 4.6 Reb, 0.7 Ast)
9: SG Myles Colvin
10: SF Camden Heide (RS)
11: C Will Berg (RS)
12: SF Brian Waddell (0.5 Pts, 0.6 Reb, 0.4 Ast)
Purdue returns reigning player of the year Zach Edey who took the college basketball world by storm this past season. The 7-4 center from Canadian averaged 22PPG and 13RPG this past season. He shot 61% from the floor overall and has also become a great defender. Edey also shoots the ball very well from the free throw line for a player his size. He’s a career 70% free throw shooter and shot 73% from the line this past season. He has really taken command of this Purdue team and under the coaching of Matt Painter went from a 3 star prospect with few offers to one of the best players in this generation. Also returning for the Boilermakers is big man Trey Kaufman-Renn. He’s a former highly ranked 4 star recruit and redshirted his freshman season. He saw 11 minutes of action per game last season and showed flashes of what he could become. He has a chance to start for the Boilers this season. Brian Waddell also returns. He’s towards the bottom of the rotation and is a developmental piece.
The Boilermakers also bring back starters Braden Smith and Fletcher Loyer this season. Smith had a lot of pressure on him last season as he had to take command of the offense for one of the best teams in the country. He passes the ball at a very high level averaging over 4 assists per game. He also rebounds the ball fairly well for a PG. He shot 44% from the floor and 38% from the three point line while also being a solid defender. Loyer had a very streaky season last year. He was supposed to be a more consistent shooter, but was also battling an injury during most of the season. He shot only 32% from beyond the arc last season but he’s capable of shooting closer to 37-38%. Mason Gillis is another returner for the Boilermakers. The 6-6 forward started 15 games last season for Purdue adding some shooting and also played very hard.
The lone transfer that Purdue added this offseason was Southern Illinois transfer Lance Jones. He played his entire 4 year career with the Salukis and averaged 14PPG this past season. He’s a capable shooter from beyond the arc which is what Purdue needed to add. He’s an inconsistent three point shooter, however. He only shot 28% from beyond the arc this past season but he shot 42% with SIU in the 2020-21 season. He also adds some value on the defensive side of the ball for the Boilermakers. Caleb Furst and Ethan Morton are the remaining returners for Purdue. Morton is a 6-7 guard who started 29 games and averaged 4PPG this past season. He struggled from the floor this past year shooting 32% overall, but he shot 48% from the floor the year before. Furst is a big man that started 21 games this past season. He can stretch the floor a bit and was also efficient from inside the arc.
Purdue also returns 2 redshirt freshman. Camden Heide is a 2022 forward who was ranked as the #135 player in the class. He adds some value shooting the ball. Will Berg is a 7-2 big man in the class of 2022 who was unranked. He has a chance to develop into a very talented player in a couple seasons. The lone true freshman that Purdue added this offseason was 4 star guard Myles Colvin who was ranked as the #63 player in the class. Colvin is an athletic guard who has the chance to play this season and have an immediate impact.
The Boilermakers have suffered heartbreak the last 3 NCAA Tournaments losing to double digit seeds North Texas in 2021, St. Peter’s in 2022, and FDU in 2023. It’s obviously embarrassing to lose to a 16 seed as a 1 seed but the first team to do it won the national title the following year. There’s a chance that Purdue could be the next Virginia, they have the talent to do so. They will likely finish the regular season again with 6 or less losses and all that will matter at that point is tournament performance. Purdue is the favorite to win the Big 10, but teams such as Michigan State and Illinois will challenge them all season.