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Gold and Black Illustrated Volume 28, Digital 5

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GOLD AND BLACK ILLUSTRATED VOLUME 28, ISSUE 5 45 and away from the ball. And if his high school body of work is any indication, he'll be in a step toward Purdue not letting its three-point proficiency of late fall off. The Boilermakers have been one of the most dangerous long-range shooting teams in college hoops several years running and Hunter was one of the top shooters in his class, a welcomed addition to put alongside Carsen Edwards, Cline, Stefanovic, etc. The wide-bodied Williams will want to transform his body after an ankle injury ended his junior season in high school and pushed him north of 300 pounds, but he's been a dominant high school rebounder with surprising skill offensively. He might be the finest passing big man in his class nationally He hopes to play as a Caleb Swanigan-type forward at Purdue, but until he changes his body to the point he's equipped to guard away from the basket, he'll be slotted at center, where Purdue now has more of an initial need behind Haarms, with Taylor departed. Dowuona factors into that mix, too. While he's ex- tremely raw offensively, he's a physical specimen with ample potential as a rebounder and shot-blocker. This figures to be one of those tipping-point sort of seasons for Purdue, one where things can slip in the face of inexperience, or can be further solidified by winning in a transitional year, similar to how things played out in 2014. Then, though, Purdue was coming off two losing sea- sons. Now, it's coming off the winningest season in school history. "It gave me a lot to look forward to, being part of the only team in Purdue history that won 30 games," Eastern said following the Texas Tech game. "It was awesome to be part of something like that. Thirty wins doesn't just happen. It comes from a lot of hard work, and it gives me motivation now to work even harder, so I have something to look forward to next year." j

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