LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WFLI) — Carson Barrett became Central Catholic's all-time leading scorer this winter. Now the former Knight is set to take his talents across the Wabash River to Purdue.
Barrett's high school head coach and father Dave, played at Purdue in the 1990's with current Purdue head basketball coach Matt Painter. That connection helped lead his son to a familiar place.
Barrett's success in four years at Central Catholic have been well documented. His senior season featured an impressive statistical output at 18.8 points, 10.2 rebounds and 6.5 assists per game. Barrett tallied more than 1,600 points and 1,000 rebounds in his high school career.
The future Boilermaker says he hopes to duplicate a couple of recent walk-on's successes when he gets to campus.
"Watching Grady (Eifert), how he got better from his freshman year to his senior year was incredible, in how he just worked hard every day," said Barrett.
"You could see it in the games, he was always diving for loose balls, rebounding against guys that were way bigger than him. Hopefully I can do the same thing. I feel like me and Grady kind of play the same way, we do what the team needs us to win, and hopefully I work hard every day and coach Painter realizes that and I will make my way up."
Barrett also spoke about the importance of being a great teammate at all times, and mentioned a fan favorite at Mackey Arena in the same breath.
"Tommy Luce does a pretty good job of it just being the guy on the end of the bench that's always excited for everything, getting the crowd hype, I feel like if I can follow in his steps I feel like I will be alright, just working hard."