WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – With the first official practice of the 2015-16 Purdue men’s basketball season set for tomorrow, the Boilermakers enter the season ranked in several preseason publications and magazines.
Below is a look at how different publications view the Boilermakers.
n Athlon — 16th
n Blue Ribbon Yearbook — 19th
n Seth Davis (CBS) — 19th
n Lindy’s — 21st
n SB Nation — 24th
n Eamonn Brennan (ESPN) — Unranked
n Sporting News — Unranked
n The Boilermakers are the preseason No. 16 team and selected to finish third in the Big Ten while reaching the Sweet 16.
n Caleb Swanigan was named one of 10 “Impact Freshmen” nationally, saying this about the Fort Wayne native: “Swanigan’s arrival at Purdue could represent a major shift in the Big Ten this season. It gives the Boilermakers one of the strongest frontcourts in the country. He is a skilled 6-9 forward who joins 7-footers A.J. Hammons and Isaac Haas and 6-8 Vince Edwards in a talented frontcourt.”
n A.J. Hammons was selected the third-best post man in America behind Skal Labissiere of Kentucky and Vanderbilt’s Damian Jones. Hammons was also selected to the All-Senior second team.
n Hammons was selected first-team All-Big Ten by the publication, while Swanigan was named to the third team.
n Analysis says, “If the Boilermakers can develop into a good outside shooting team, watch out. They’ll be a Big Ten title contender and in line for a deep NCAA Tournament run.”
n Purdue is ranked No. 19 in the national poll and picked third in the Big Ten, while boasting the nation’s seventh-best frontcourt.
n Hammons was named the fourth-best center in America behind Vanderbilt’s Damian Johnson, Utah’s Jakob Poeltl and UL Lafayette’s Shawn Long.
n Hammons was named a third-team All-Big Ten honoree and was named the top rebounder in the Big Ten.
n Freshman Ryan Cline was named the Best Shooter among Big Ten recruits, writing “His skill should free up passing angles to all of those quality post players Matt Painter suits up at Purdue”.
n Lindy’s says to keep an eye on, “Junior sharpshooter Kendall Stephens has endured groin, finger, shoulder and ankle issues during his first two seasons, yet he found a way to drill 73-of-190 three-pointers last year. He will find space thanks to Purdue’s big men.”
n Purdue was unranked in the Sporting News preseason poll and picked sixth in the Big Ten race.
n A.J. Hammons was named a first-team All-Big Ten selection, while Caleb Swanigan was named the top newcomer in the Big Ten.
Purdue opens the season with an exhibition game on Nov. 8, against Northwestern Ohio, then begins the regular season five days later on Nov. 13, against North Carolina A&T.
Season tickets are available for both teams by visiting PurdueSports.com, or by calling 1.800.49SPORT. In addition, mini plans (men), flex plans (women) and single-game tickets (both) are on sale to John Purdue Club members.