Travis Carroll, Donnie Hale, Anthony Johnson and Terone Johnson made it official Wednesday when they signed National Letters of Intent to play for Purdue next season.
Coach Matt Painter obviously expects each player to contribute during their time at Purdue, but it may depend on how the roster shakes out as to when that will happen for the four newcomers.
Robbie Hummel, JaJaun Johnson and E'Twaun Moore would be seniors next season but any of them could try to make the jump to the NBA and not return to Purdue.
Painter said he likes the idea of Carroll and Hale learning from Hummel and Johnson. The same could be true for the Johnsons, though with Chris Kramer and Keaton Grant leaving after this season, the guards would have a better chance to make an immediate impact.
"It's very different than it was three, four years ago when we had freshmen walking in and we're starting three, four freshmen at the same time," Painter said. "These guys have an opportunity to play and start, but it is good in terms of them developing and then getting better and having those guys around. It's a different culture than it was three years ago."
Here's Painter's take on the four recruits:
- Travis Carroll, 6-9, 219, F, Danville, Ind. Averaged 22.1 points, 13.2 rebounds, 2.4 blocks as a junior: "He's a throwback type of a post. A guy that has good post moves, can pass out of the low post, can pass out of the high post. The thing that stands out with him which almost always translates from high school to college is when guys rebound at a high level. He's always averaged 13, 14 rebounds in high school. ... That's really what excites us, getting a traditional guy who can play good, physical basketball in our league."
- Donnie Hale, 6-8, 210, F, New Albany, Ind. 19.7 points, 10 rebounds, 4 blocks: "He's a guy who I really felt flew under the radar. I was shocked that more people didn't jump on him just in terms of sheer athleticism and his ability to help his team win. He's had a very, very successful high school career. He's long, athletic, he can run. He can face up. His perimeter game is starting to improve."
- Anthony Johnson, 6-2, 180, G, Chicago. 9 points, 4 assists: "He's a scorer. The thing that always jumps out with me with him is the ability to put the ball in the basket and his ability to rebound. He's a guy who can go get his own shot. I think he has some things like a David Teague in terms of what he brings to the table. Dave was a guy who ended up averaging 17 a game in the Big Ten."
- Terone Johnson, 6-2, 190, G, Indianapolis. 19.4 points, 4.4 rebounds, 3.9 assists: "He's proven he can play both (point guard and shooting guard) and guard both positions, which is probably more important when you first come into a program. He can score the basketball. I kind of look at him as a combo but a lead guard, a guy who has the ball in his hands. he also has a great knack of scoring the ball, whether that's layups, runners, post-ups or pull-ups. He's a good all-around player. I think he's going to be a very good player in the Big Ten."