The Purdue football team is coming off a historic ncaa tournament win, as freshman Caleb Furst finds success for the first time in his career.
Furst, who underwent a bone fragmentectomy on his left heel, missed the first two games of the season due to medical protocol. After that, he lost the starting job to Mason Gillis, and never recovered.
Freshman players are likely to experience the freshman wall, and Furst was no exception.
Caleb furst had bone fragment removed from left heel
Purdue men’s basketball sophomore Caleb Furst will miss most of the summer after undergoing foot surgery.
He is expected to be back to full strength by the time the fall semester begins.
Furst had been dealing with foot problems throughout his freshman season and also dealt with them while playing with the USA U19 team in the summer.
He averaged 4.1 points per game and 3.2 rebounds per game last season.
He also shot 57% from the field and recorded his only double-double against Wright State in his only year on the program.
Caleb Furst was a true freshman at Purdue and wore the #3 jersey last season.
He also played at FIBA U19 World Cup, helping the United States to win gold. In that tournament, he averaged 7.1 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 0.6 assists per game.
He only turned the ball over twice.
After his freshman season, Furst was named Indiana Mr. Basketball and the Gatorade Player of the Year.
After the game against Rutgers, Furst’s minutes began to drop.
He played just 10 minutes against Michigan State in the Big Ten Tournament.
However, he was able to play all three Purdue games in the NCAA Tournament.
Against Yale, he had the biggest impact, playing 21 minutes and scoring 10 points. He also had a small impact against Texas and St. Peter’s.
Kam Craft makes an immediate impact
Purdue’s season ended in the Sweet 16 after a loss to Saint Peter’s.
This year, Purdue must replace All-American Jaden Ivey, four players who started 19 games, and transfer forward Trevion Williams.
This is a huge challenge, but Purdue should be able to fill those roles with Mason Gillis and Caleb Furst.
In the process, though, they’ll need to prove that they’re ready to play a significant role.
Oscar Tshiebwe returns to school
Oscar Tshiebwe, a 6-foot-9 junior forward, returned to school after his NCAA tournament success, and is weighing his NBA prospects.
While he was projected as a second-round pick by some mock drafts, he decided to go back to school to work on his draft stock.
He’ll miss the start of the season, but he’s expected to be back before the start of the next season.
The big man’s decision to return to Kentucky is huge for college basketball.
After all, Tshiebwe is the first player to return to the school since Tyler Hansbrough won the award in 2008.
He averaged 15.1 points and 15.1 rebounds last season and won nearly every major national award. In fact, he won the NCAA Tournament MVP award.
Tshiebwe’s success during the NCAA tournament has led him back to school after spending his junior and senior seasons at the University of Louisville.
Tshiebwe, a Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of Congo native, is the first consensus national player of the past four seasons to return to school.
The last players who did so were Tyler Hansbrough and Ralph Sampson.
The sophomore center was a force in every area of the game.
In addition to his scoreboard production, he also averaged 1.6 steals per game and had 1.6 blocked shots per game.
In addition, he became the third player in program history to reach 500 rebounds.
Oscar Tshiebwe is one of the most popular basketball players in Kentucky, where he was a huge draw for fans and fulfilled autograph and selfie requests.
His faith was also a recurring theme during interviews and church services.
Drew Timme projected to go No. 58 overall in 2023 draft
The 2023 NBA draft class is deep, but there aren’t any obvious stars.
That makes this class somewhat unpredictable.
There is little information on many of the players, and the draft order could change based on new information.
There are two big strengths and three weaknesses to this draft class.
Thomas is a 6’8″ wing with decent size, but his offensive potential is limited.
His average three-point percentage is just under 40 percent.
His defense is above average, but his defense could still be improved.
At a minimum, Timme should be able to be a decent defender and score.
The other pick in the first round is Aleksej Pokusevski, who was traded up to No. 17 overall in 2020.
He’s only 20 years old, but he has the potential to stick around the league.
Two other players who have a decent shot at staying in the NBA are Jaden McDaniels and Immanuel Quickley.
The draft is so difficult that it is difficult to analyze every player and project where they’ll end up.
Some players are obvious top picks, like LeBron James, while others have been a long time coming.
Other players aren’t so obvious, such as Andrew Wiggins, Greg Oden, and Cade Cunningham. And in some cases, they’ve been wrongly selected.