On Monday afternoon, Purdue announced that sophomore guard Bryson Scott would be transferring from the program heading into next year. The move could be a significant one.
Scott entered the program during the 2013-14 season and was rated as a 4-star prospect. During his first season, he played in 38.3% of the team's minutes with a 91.4 offensive rating in 32 games. He scored double-digits in 10 games over the course of the season.
His minutes declined significantly this season and he only ended up playing in 19.5% of the team's minutes with a 90.1 offensive rating in a total of 25 games. He lost many of his minutes to transfer Jon Octeus and failed to play in 5 of the team's final 10 games.
Though no specific reason was given, this does look to be a decision based at least partially on playing time concerns. Though Octeus graduates after this season, he was also behind true freshman Dakota Mathias and Purdue is bringing in a point guard in 2015 in the form of Grant Weatherford. Minutes were already going to be a challenge and this appears to at least be part of the reason he is leaving.
Here is the full release from Purdue:
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Sophomore guard Bryson Scott has decided to transfer from the Purdue men's basketball program and has been granted his release, head coach Matt Painter announced Monday afternoon.
"We thank Bryson for his two years here and wish him well as he pursues his education and basketball career at another institution," Painter said. "Bryson has expressed his interest in transferring from our program and we have granted him his release."
Scott, a 6-1 guard from Fort Wayne, Indiana, averaged 3.8 points, 1.6 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game while appearing in 25 contests a year ago for the Boilermakers. Scott was 30-of-78 (.385) from the field, including 1-of-8 (.125) from three-point range.
During his two years at Purdue, Scott appeared in 57 games, scoring 291 points, grabbing 122 rebounds and dishing out 73 assists.
With Scott's departure, Purdue will have to search for depth in the backcourt from their young contributors, but do appear to have a few options already set up.