WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – The Purdue basketball team doesn’t feel so different from its fellow Boilermakers on the football team, anxious to get the season started and ready to prove that last season’s struggles were a fluke.
The Boilermakers continued their summer workouts at Cardinal Court Monday. A young team one year ago, Coach Matt Painter’s squad is even younger this season.
With two juniors and three sophomores on scholarship, half of the team’s scholarship players are freshmen.
Rapheal Davis, one of the juniors has been a part of two straight disappointing seasons to start his Boilermaker career, and says you can tell the team is chomping at the bit to turn things around.
“I definitely feel an edge on everybody’s shoulders,” Davis said. “Everybody wants to go out there and fight. Everybody knows what we’re capable of, and after last year I think everybody’s hungry. I mean hungry is pretty much an understatement right now. I think we’re just itching to get back out there, and prove (people wrong).”
Sophomore guard Kendall Stephens echoed his older teammate’s sentiment.
“It’s been a long offseason, having to listen to being a last place team, and the struggles we’ve been having the last couple of years. So we’re definitely ready to get back on the court and ready to get it started, ready to put everything on the line, and ready for everything to be on the line,” Stephens said. “I think each day in practice we’re definitely pushing each other just to get prepared for that, and get our freshmen acclimated to how tough it’s going to be, and going each day ready to work.”