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Johnson, like Moore, withdraws from NBA Draft

Posted on: May 8, 2010 1:36 pm
Edited on: May 8, 2010 4:48 pm
 

Purdue's JaJuan Johnson has withdrawn from the NBA Draft and plans to return to school along with teammate E'Twaun Moore, which should ensure the Boilermakers are the Big Ten favorite and a preseason top three team.

"We're obviously happy to have two players of the caliber of E'Twaun Moore and JaJuan Johnson returning to our team," said Purdue coach Matt Painter. "Their dedication, leadership and work ethic are key components of our team, and we're looking forward to helping them develop as both people and basketball players over the next year."

Johnson averaged 15.5 points and 7.1 rebounds this season.

He was not expected to go in the first round had he remained in the draft.
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Since: Mar 27, 2009
Posted on: May 11, 2010 3:13 pm
 

Johnson, like Moore, withdraws from NBA Draft

However, my 25 years of following them has shown me one thing - they always find a way to lose.

I know exactly how you feel IndySteelerFan.  I probably go back a little further than you do (class of '76) and I remember when they went to the final four with Joe Barry Carroll (Joe Barely Cares).  Of course they drew the Louisville Cards in the first game and lost, and of course the Cards went on to win the National Title that year if memory serves me correctly.  It seems like they always get a tough draw in the round of 16 or round of 8.  Duke this year (wins national title).  I already forget who beat them last year, but I think it was a final four team.  Just seems like they are snake bit when it comes to the matchups.

Only one way to avoid a bad matchup, and that is to be the best team in the country and be ranked #1 going in and beat everybody.  The odds are always stacked against any team to survive that many games vs. top competition, but the one ace in the whole for Purdue is their hard nosed defense and their head coach, Matt Painter.  I never was much of a fan of Gene Keady, and I don't know why he gets the adulation he does from sports broadcasters and even from Purdue fans.  IMO, he's one of the most overated coaches in college BB history, and I was happy to see him FINALLY retire.  Good recruiter no question, but an average coach at best.



Since: Sep 19, 2007
Posted on: May 11, 2010 1:35 pm
 

Johnson, like Moore, withdraws from NBA Draft

Nothing I'd like to see more than PU in a final four, or dare I say, in a championship game.  However, my 25 years of following them has shown me one thing - they always find a way to lose.  Under Keady, it was his crappy coaching during the tournament.  It was having to play Memphis State and LSU on their respective home floors in the '84 and '86 first rounds.  It was Florida's Duane Schintsis lighting up Purdue in '87's 2nd round.  Where is that guy now?  Driving a truck?  McDonalds?  It was Everett Stevens dribbling the ball off his foot in the waning minutes of the 1988 K-State game.  It was Glenn Robinson slowed by "back spasms" vs. Duke in 1994 (still don't believe that one). 

Last year, when it seemed they were desitined for a legitimate playoff run, Hummel gets hurt.  Keep in mind, he was hurt two years ago, too, just not at the end of the season.  The guy may not be physically capable of making it through a 30 game season.

I'd love to see Purdue get the tournament monkey off their back, but I think I'm more likely to see snow in July than PU in a final four in my lifetime.  I know I should be buoeyed by the fact that even the lowly Saints won the Super Bowl a few months back. . . but I'm not.  Preseason rankings are great.  Hell, regular season rankings are great.  But, in the end, all anyone remembers is how you did in the tournament and I'm not optomistic.



Since: May 10, 2010
Posted on: May 10, 2010 11:11 pm
 

Johnson, like Moore, withdraws from NBA Draft

DICKEY V CAN SHUT THE F UP. HE JUST NEEDS TO PULL DOWN MIKE KRZYZEWSKI'S PANTS AND KISS HIS A**!!!! ALL HE TALKS ABOUT IS DUKE AND HOW THEY ARE ALL THAT AND REALLY THEY ARENT BECAUSE THEY DIDNT PLAY ANYBODY DURINGTHE TOURNEMENT. YA I LIKE PURDUE BUT THEY DIDNT HAVE HUMMEL AND SO WE DIDNT REALLY HAVE CHANCE THEN. AND THEN YOU HAVE BRIAN ZUBEK AND HE CANT PLAY FOR CRAP. THE ONLY REASON HE GETS NOTICED IS BECAUSE OF HIS HEIGHT OTHER THAN THAT HE CANT PLAY FOR CRAP!!!! 




Since: May 10, 2010
Posted on: May 10, 2010 11:00 pm
 

Johnson, like Moore, withdraws from NBA Draft

I DONT CARE WHAT ANYBODY SAYS. PURDUE SHOULD BE THE PRESEASON #1. MAINLY BECAUSE OF THE RETURNING TALENT THEY HAVE. NOW THAT ROBBIE HUMMEL IS NO LONGER HURT AND WE WILL HAVE JOHNSON AMD MOORE WE WILL WIN THE NATION TITLE IN 2010. AND FOR ALL OF YOU HATEN ON THE BOILERS SHUT YOUR TRAPS AND GET OVER IT. YA'LL ARE JUST JEALUS THAT WE HAVE SUCH GOOD RETURNERS AND YOUR TEAM WONT BE GOOD WONT BE ANY GOOD.



Since: Mar 27, 2009
Posted on: May 10, 2010 6:08 pm
 

Johnson, like Moore, withdraws from NBA Draft

I was wondering if the Boilers have any good point guards coming into the mix next year as true freshman.  I really like LewisJackson, but his diminutive size really showed at the end of last year, and he never really contributed much in the way of assists or scoring.  He also got taken advantage of a little on the defensive end of the floor.  Anybody out there know who they have coming in that might contribute?



Since: Feb 25, 2007
Posted on: May 10, 2010 2:47 pm
 

Johnson, like Moore, withdraws from NBA Draft

Hart will be behind Barlow, Lewjack, Moore, Smith, Terone Johnson, and DJ Byrd on the depth chart (maybe Anthony Johnson as well), not quite a replacement for a 4 year starter who made the all defensive team each year he played. 




Since: Mar 27, 2009
Posted on: May 10, 2010 1:18 pm
 

Johnson, like Moore, withdraws from NBA Draft

There is no way to replace a Chris Kramer, but the good news is we don't really have to with just one player.

Man I sure hope you're right Grizz.  If the Boilers can find a way to get anywhere close to the defensive production that Chris Kramer gave them, then they should be a legit powerhouse next season.  I'm still not convinced that Barlow and Hart can give them that mental and physical toughness however.  I was impressed with Barlow at the start of last season, but I didn't really see much improvement throughout the season.  Hart is a streaky shooter, and he should be able to break down zone defenses and provide some firepower from 3 pt land when defenses start to sag on Robbie and JJ.  I think he's got great potential.  You could also throw DJ Bird into the equation as well.  I don't know much about Marcius, so I will reserve judgement on him, but hopefully he's a smarter player than Bade showed last year.  If Marcius can play solid defense, rebound the ball and add any offensive presence at all, it should really help spell JJ and Hummel.

The big question mark for me is defense.  Unequivacally, Chris Kramer was the toughest, hardest nose defensive player I have ever seen put on a Black and Gold uniform.  The guy never failed to amaze me with his physical play, mental toughness and selfless play.  Heck, he single handedly put the team on his back against A&M in the tourney and won the game for the Boilers in the end!  All I'm saying is I think many people are underestimating how much he meant to this team (with or w/o Robbie), and it may take several games for the team to get used to a new rotation and really jell.

Don't get me wrong, I'm very excited about Purdues chances next year, but isn't there some way we can bring Kramer back for a fifth year? LOL!!





Since: May 10, 2010
Posted on: May 10, 2010 8:52 am
 

Johnson, like Moore, withdraws from NBA Draft

Duke is easily the favorite, but who cares. all that matters is who is standing at the end!! the problem for all the haters out there is that it will be duke again. and stop whining about your team's guys leaving early. Duke played without gerald henderson and still won it all.  maybe if other teams had students they wouldnt have to worry about there basketball players leaving early.  Duke recruits kids who can actually read and write and then still school people on the court.  it must really suck to watch a team with 5 "unathletic" white boys in the top seven of the rotation school your team and then watch your kids leave and stink up the nba



Since: May 10, 2010
Posted on: May 10, 2010 8:49 am
 

Johnson, like Moore, withdraws from NBA Draft

the thing everyone seems to forget is duke loses guys too. elliot williams was dynamite and he transferred. arizona state had a nice big name erik boteng and he transferred from duke and gerald henderson left early.  its just crap that idiots rag on duke when they have the same problems. stop hating and appreciate the greatness of the program and stop making yourself look dumb by only seeing one side of the argrument. no offense or anything but it gets so sickening to hear about all this stuff year after year when all duke does is win 30 games every year. first its they can't win in the tourney and then when they win it all more idiotic things pop up.  ridiculous



Since: May 20, 2008
Posted on: May 10, 2010 2:43 am
 

Johnson, like Moore, withdraws from NBA Draft

Hey TTPDX,

I agree with you most definitly. There is no way to replace a Chris Kramer, but the good news is we don't really have to with just one player. If our big 3 stay healthy all season and post season Purdue is golden. Between Barlow, Hart, and Jackson they should be able to pick up his slack at the gaurd position. With Bade and Marcius another year better to add to the trees it gives us more bodies for defense and fouls to give. Really only injury holds us back, and the possibility of Hummel being rusty to start the year.

I look forward to the early season matchup with Duke, and I hope Hummel is back in his grove by then. It can almost garuntee it will be the biggest hyped game in the early season with 2 top 3 teams going at it.  Win or lose that game I would bet anything that a rematch would be highly likely in NCAA tourny. Of course if Purdue wins the first matchup I won't be bashing on Duke fans, so hopefully if the opposite happens Duke fans will actually be respectful!

Good luck to all teams this coming season, and more so injury free season!

Grizz


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