Matt Painter would like to see freshman Sandi Marcius make it through an entire Purdue practice.
Then Painter will consider whether Marcius will get on the court during a game.
Marcius participated in about three-fourths of practice Monday. But Painter said after Purdue's victory over SIU Edwardsville on Tuesday that Marcius won't play in a game until he can complete a full practice.
Even that feat may not be enough for Marcius to make his Purdue debut.
"He's got to now make strides," Painter said. "He's got to get healthy, get 100 percent and then get by somebody. That's important. The first couple weeks of practice, he was probably a little bit ahead of Pat (Bade). Then the next two weeks, I would say Pat was ahead of him. Then (Marcius) got hurt. So that's the thing I can go off of. He's been out such a long time, that's the only gauge I have. So him coming back at this point really is going to be determined on him dominating some people in practice."
Painter said freshmen Kelsey Barlow and D.J. Byrd have "played their way into (the rotation)." He needs to see the same from Marcius, a 6-foot-9, 261-pounder from Croatia.
If Marcius doesn't make a move, Painter would consider a redshirt. That stays a possibility as long as Marcius doesn't step on the court during a game.
The decision may be a bit easier if Bade can make strides. Bade had the best game of his young career against SIU Edwardsville, making five of eight shots for 10 points, grabbing a team-high eight rebounds and adding two blocks in 15 minutes. He also didn't have a turnover.
"When he keeps the basketball high and plays strong, he's very efficient," Painter said of Bade. "I thought (Tuesday) he did those things. When he plays that way and takes his open jump shots and just plays at the basket and plays strong, he's a productive player."