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Purdue coach Matt Painter turned the page on the Carsen Edwards era long ago. Now he expects everyone else to do the same.

Posted: Oct 28, 2019 2:19 PM

Purdue coach Matt Painter turned the page on the Carsen Edwards era long ago.

Now he expects everyone else to do the same.

Seven months after Edwards nearly led Purdue to the Final Four and four months after he was drafted by the NBA, Painter finds himself contemplating how the next chapter in the Boilermakers’ recurring replacement story could go.

“I think trying not to be like that team is going to be really important,” he said. “No one is going to take over Carsen’s role for us. We didn’t have a Carsen Edwards before, and let’s not have one afterward. I think that’s important in basketball, because I think a lot of times people say you’re going to come in and you’re going to play the same role as this guy, when in reality you’re just going to be the best version of yourself.”

Painter’s consistent messages have played out just fine over the years.

After saying goodbye to four seniors and three 1,000-point scorers following a Big Ten runner-up finish in 2017-18, Painter gave Edwards the green light and surrounded him with enough 3-point shooters to keep defenses honest. The result: Purdue captured a share of the regular-season crown and made its deepest tourney run in nearly two decades.

How will Painter adapt this time? It sounds as if he’ll play a more traditional style.

“Each team is different, even if you have a lot of experience,” he said. “I think that’s important for us to kind of learn — we played a lot different than we did the previous year — and I look at us doing a lot of the same things (this season) but in a different way.”

The Boilermakers could revert to their big lineup with 7-foot-3 center Matt Haarms, 270-pound power forward Trevon Williams, 6-9 small forward Aaron Wheeler and 6-7 guard Nojel Eastern.

They could opt to stretch the floor with 3-point shooters such as Wheeler and Sasha Stefanovic, freshmen Isaiah Thompson and Brandon Newman or perhaps Eastern, who’s been working on his shooting touch.

They can still rely on depth. But amid all the changes, Painter intends to make sure there are two constants when the Boilermakers open the season Nov. 6 against Green Bay: A staunch defense and few turnovers.

“The people around Carsen Edwards took care of the basketball, they made good decisions,” Painter said.

GRAD TRANSFER

Senior Jahaad Proctor became the second grad transfer on the roster when he decided to leave High Point. The 6-foot-3 guard joins forward Evan Boudreaux, who arrived from Dartmouth last season. Proctor has scored more than 1,000 points in two seasons with High Point and one at Iona and he finished last season with 16 consecutive double-figure games. He was a second team all-Big South selection and was the conference’s scholar-athlete of the year.

NEW LINE

Extending the 3-point line from 20 feet, 9 inches to the new distance of 22-1¾ could impact college games all around the country this season. Painter doesn’t expect it to create any significant changes, though.

“I think the guys that can make 3s, it’s probably not going to bother much,” he said. “The guys that are trying to be 3-point shooters, it’s really going to bother.”

THE REMATCH

Purdue seemed headed for the Final Four after taking a three-point lead with only six seconds left in the South Regional championship.

But Virginia made one free throw, got a lucky bounce and tossed in a buzzer-beater to force overtime — before winning the national championship. That’s not the kind of ending anybody around the program will soon forget especially with the rematch set for Dec. 4 in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge at Purdue.

“It’ll be very difficult for us,” Painter said. “They lost a lot, we lost a lot. But whenever you play them, it’s very difficult to go against them. They’re very stingy on defense, very efficient on the offensive end.”

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