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GOLD AND BLACK ILLUSTRATED VOLUME 28, ISSUE 6 7 Houston, by way of Utah's pick, selected Vincent Edwards with the 52nd pick of the NBA Draft on June 21, making it the third consecutive season the Boilermakers have had a player taken. Edwards wasn't the only Boiler picked up, as Cleveland signed Dakota Mathias as a free agent shortly after the draft, and Utah picked up Isaac Haas a day later. Photos by Charles Jischke / Purdue Athletics (Edwards, volleyball); Orlando Itin (jersey); Purdue (track); Tom Campbell (Brohm. lights) On May 29, Drew Brees made a huge announcement: He had spent $264,000 in an auction for an authentic John Wooden jersey, owned then auctioned by John Neff. Brees is donating the 1930s jersey to Mackey Arena, where it will be on display. For more, see page 50. The Purdue women's track and field team finished eighth in the NCAA Outdoor Championships June 9 in Eugene, Ore. It was the best finish in program history. The meet was highlighted by a couple runners-up finishes, including Devynne Charlton in the 100-meter hurdles and the 4x400 relay team. Big Ten football media days are July 23-24, marking an unofficial start to the football season. Jeff Brohm's crew will face increased expectations in Year 2, likely leading to a rise in media attention in the Windy City. Purdue will play two of its first three games under the lights in Ross-Ade Stadium, first its Aug. 30 opener — a Thursday night — vs. Northwestern, then Game 3 against Missouri. The two games are part of a four-game homestand to start the season, before a trip to Nebraska the last weekend of September. Dave Shondell's volleyball team opens its 2018 season Aug. 24 with a double- header against Wofford and Bowling Green, as part of the four-team two- day Boilermaker Invitational. The Boilermakers are coming off a 23-win season that ended in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The (4) Stars Are Coming Back Out H ow good has Coach Jeff Brohm's recruiting been so far this year? As of mid- June, the Boilermakers' Class of 2019 included commitments from three four-star prospects, that's more than they have had in the last seven classes combined. Here's a graph of four stars in classes dating back to 2002. The overall national ranking is in parenthesis. ★ = 4-Star Recruit * As of June 21, 2018 Source: 2011 (93) 2012 ★ ★ (33) 2013 ★ (56) 2014 ★ (71) 2015 (68) 2016 (73) 2017 (68) 2018 (49) 2019 ★ ★ ★ (22)* 2002 ★ ★ (37) 2003 ★ ★ ★ (31) 2004 ★ ★ ★ ★ (20) 2005 ★ ★ ★ ★ (29) 2006 ★ (50) 2007 ★ (60) 2008 ★ (63) 2009 ★ (74) 2010 ★ (54)

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