View Full Version : OT: Something I think GU (and their players) excel, or do very well, at

12-18-2018, 01:45 PM
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We can all come up with a long list of GU players who have been completely selfless and did the best for the team. One of the greatest joys of watching basketball is good, team basketball, a living organism made of up different parts and talents. We are privileged to have a coaching staff that emphasizes the team, and not individual accolades. I've watched countless games of other schools who have a set of five that care about #1, themselves. And it's extremely boring basketball, to be honest. We've had players that definitely stand out from the crowd, but it's the team that makes GU roll.


While assessing his team following an 88-80 loss to Notre Dame, Purdue head coach Matt Painter shares some advice to high school players looking to compete in college.



“You have to get over yourself. That’s a real hard thing to do… In high school basketball, you know how many points you have in your head. It’s a real selfish thing, but it’s a very natural thing because your whole life, you’ve equated playing well to scoring. Then as you grow in college, and you can get there, you have to normally play a role before you can be a major guy. And sometimes you never get out of that role and you’re always a role player.

“You have to be able to give yourself to the team, but get over those types of things. You’re not going to get on this team if you can just shoot well and that’s it to be able to help us. We need everybody to be able to defend. We need everybody to be able to do other things and right now we’re not very good at that.

“You’ve got to be able to get over yourself and sacrifice. When you look over there and you see guys cheering and giving energy, you’re normally going to go into the game and play better. Those guys that are sitting there being duds and not cheering for their teammate, when you go in there that’s what you’re thinking about. ‘I should be in there.’ And then when you get the opportunity, you don’t play well. It’s really a maturation process and you’re always going to have a guy or two on your team that way. You just are. That doesn’t change when you are dealing with 19 to 22-year-olds, but you can’t have a lot of them.

“We have a lot of good guys on our team, but we have too many people who are searching for answers through their jumper. You have to search for answers through rebounding, defending, and doing the little things, really scrapping and competing.” — Purdue Boilermakers head coach Matt Painter