Posted by Matt Norlander
Purdue's Patrick Bade is ditching out on Matt Painter, but the Boilers hoops coach is OK with it, and in fact, the two will still get to see each other, as the junior forward is not leaving the school.
He's no longer a junior forward though, as Bade's decided to leave college basketball for college football. He'll be a member of the Boilers' team on the turf this fall, the school announced today.
“We wish Patrick nothing but the best as he pursues a college football career at Purdue,” Painter said in a statement. “He is a valued member of the Purdue Athletics family, and we’re happy that he has chosen to remain at the university.”
The move makes sense and won't impact Purdue hoops all that much; Bade was barely a role player, to be honest. He averaged 1.2 points and 1.6 rebounds in the past two seasons, playing in 58 games. Serviceable, quality player, but not a guy who gets much, if any, run on a scouting report. The move also makes sense in this regard: it's believed Bade's departure will free up a scholarship for 2012 point guard prospect Ronnie Johnson. Two birds, one stone, etc.
“I want to thank the Purdue basketball staff for the opportunity to be a member of such a successful program for the last two years,” Bade said. “This is the start of a new chapter for me, and I look forward to taking on the challenges that come with playing college football. I’m excited for the opportunities that lie ahead.”
Purdue football needs its own sort of resurgence, and perhaps Bade can be a part of it. He's a probable tight end, and Danny Hope will take whatever eager, talented bodies he can get. This wouldn't be happening if Bade didn't have a legitimate shot at some playing time -- more PT than he we would've seen amid a fairly deep frontcourt on the basketball team.
Bade's not played football since his junior year of high school.
“He’s a big-body guy who plays a position where we have a quite a bit of youth and not a lot experience, so he’ll be able to compete right away," Hope said. "We’re happy to have him aboard.”
Purdue's season begins Sept. 3, when it hosts Middle Tennessee State. Something tells me Painter's going to make his way into that locker room at some point during the day.