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Evan Boudreaux reflects on sudden end to college career

Evan Boudreaux and Purdue were in the middle of a shoot around at an Indianapolis YMCA before playing Ohio State in the Big Ten Tournament.

Posted: Mar 25, 2020 1:07 AM
Updated: Apr 3, 2020 7:18 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Evan Boudreaux and Purdue were in the middle of a shoot around at an Indianapolis YMCA before playing Ohio State in the Big Ten Tournament.

"Oh my God like this is real," Boudreaux said.

Boudreux and the Boilermakers learned the Big Ten Tournament was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The shoot around was over. 

The season was over. 

"It ended like that," Boudreaux said while snapping his fingers. "We were shooting around at noon and I was back in Indy on the couch at 4 p.m. We were supposed to be playing at 6:30 p.m. It was just absolutely wild. That whole day I'll never forget.

The next day, the NCAA Tournament was canceled. Although Boudreaux and Purdue were on the outside looking in, the decision didn't add up with the Dartmouth graduate transfer.

"It was tough to kind of wrap your head around the fact that you didn't lose a game but yet your season was over," Boudreaux said. "That was pretty weird.

Forget about the season. It was a pretty weird way to end one's college basketball career.

There are many questions:

What could have been?

What now?

Less than a mile from Bankers Life Fieldhouse where the Boilermakers were scheduled to play the Buckeyes two weeks ago, Boudreaux and his parents are cooped up at the Conrad hotel.

Since the abrupt conclusion, Boudreaux has watched the entire series of the Wire. He reads, plays with his puppy and cares for his parents.

He's also working towards his masters degree. But he still has plenty of time to reflect on his final season at Purdue.

"There's really nothing to get your mind off of it," Boudreaux said. "You keep thinking back to, for me, my last game against Rutgers and obviously we lost."

Boudreaux's goodbye to Boilermaker fans at Mackey Arena was not how he envisioned. But neither was his first game playing in front of them.

"To come into an exhibition game with 14,000-15,000 people — I had goosebumps on the bench," Boudreaux said. "I didn't even start. Like I was on the bench getting goosebumps because it was so crazy."

In between his first and last games, Boudreaux has learned a lot about himself. At Dartmouth the game came easy.

"Coming here I don't think I ever really experienced failure in the true sense of the word," Boudreaux said.

During his two years at Purdue, Boudreaux battled injuries. The Lake Forest, Ill. native also found himself battling for playing time.

"I always said I wanted to come here to Purdue to win and that was wholeheartedly true and to this day I mean that but it is hard when you're not contributing and feel like you're not necessarily a part of it all the time so I'm really proud of the way I think I handled it," Boudreaux said. "You just have to be able to put your head down and work." 

Boudreaux has expressed a desire to continue his basketball career overseas but those plans have been put on hold due to the covid-19 outbreak.

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