The Boilermakers got some expected good news today with the announcement that forward Jacquil Taylor was granted a medical hardship waiver and will retain his freshman eligibility. The news, while expected to occur eventually, wasn't official until today.
Taylor was a three-star forward that was part of the 2014 recruiting class, choosing Purdue over a number of schools including Maryland and Providence. Unfortunately for Taylor, though, the combination of being a relatively raw (and undersized) prospect while dealing with recurring injury issues stemming from his high school career left him relatively limited at the beginning of last season. With playing time likely going to be at a minimum and the injury issues not subsiding, Taylor didn't participate in any games after December 10th, appearing in only six and playing a total of 42 minutes.
Due to receiving the waiver, Taylor will still have four seasons of eligibility from here on out. The redshirt freshman has been healthy and practicing with the team this summer, reportedly bulking up to about 240 pounds as he's added a decent amount of muscle to his frame. While Taylor will be ready to go heading forward, it doesn't change the fact that there's a log jam of talent in front of him in the frontcourt. That being said, though, with A.J. Hammons being a senior and the possibility of Caleb Swanigan being a one-and-done, Taylor could see his playing time increase in the near future and should be able to add some experience this winter while he continues to develop under Matt Painter.
While Taylor may be a bench player, or occasionally crack the back-end of the rotation, the news that his medical waiver went through was still a nice development and now Purdue knows for sure that he still has all four years of eligibility remaining.