Matt Painter likes makeup of Purdue roster


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — We’re talking about practice.

Purdue men’s basketball head coach Matt Painter, Vincent Edwards, Ryan Cline and Caleb Swanigan met with the media before Purdue’s third practice of the season Monday.

Among the hot topics of discussion: the development of the sophomore Swanigan, freshman Carsen Edwards, graduate-transfer Spike Albrecht and Isaac Haas’ role following the departure of A.J. Hammons to the NBA.

The Boilermakers return three starters and eight letterwinners from last year’s team that posted a 26-9 record and was ranked in the nation’s Top 25 all year long. Painter believes the experience on this year’s team is one of its main strengths.

“Even though we only have one senior, we have a lot of upperclassman in terms of our junior class,” Painter said. “I think Vince Edwards has a chance to be a really good player. He has a chance to be one of the best players in our league along with Swanigan at his position and Haas at his position. With those guys’ experience I’m talking about, I think it makes for a good overall team.”

Junior forward Vincent Edwards has set the bar high for the season.

“If your goals don’t scare you as a team or as an individual, than they’re not big enough,” Vince Edwards said. “We have confidence in ourselves and as a team. We might not be the most talented. If you look at a sheet of paper we’re not going to compare talent-wise to [Duke, Kansas or Kentucky], but we’re definitely going to be tougher, smarter and try to outplay them.”

Purdue started its 2016-17 season Saturday with the first-of-30 practices leading up to the Nov. 11 opener vs. McNeese State.