The Boilermakers added a forward to their 2018 roster today with the news that 6’8” Evan Boudreaux has committed to Purdue. The Dartmouth forward averaged 17.5 points and 9.5 rebounds per game in 2016-17 while also shooting 37.4% from beyond the arc in his two seasons with the Ivy League program.
Prior to the 2017-18 season Boudreaux announced that he would sit out his junior season with the intent to graduate and transfer elsewhere. While Purdue was originally in the running for the forward, Boudreaux committed to Xavier back in December. The Boilermakers were able to land the Dartmouth transfer after Xavier head coach Chris Mack left to take over Louisville.
One of the main reasons Boudreaux ended up choosing Purdue was his desire to play for a team that would participate in the NCAA Tournament.
“It was a major factor in my initial decision to transfer,” Boudreaux said. “I want to have the ability to play and succeed in the NCAA tournament and compete against the best basketball teams in the country.”
Boudreaux will be eligible in 2018-19 for Purdue and will have two seasons of eligibility remaining. His addition to the frontcourt will be a huge boost for a Purdue team that will have to replace starters Isaac Haas and Vincent Edwards. Purdue will return oft injured Jacquil Taylor and former walk-on Grady Eifert, but will be relatively thin on experience in the frontcourt past that. Also in the mix will be redshirt freshman Aaron Wheeler and 2018 commits Trevion Williams and Emmanuel Dowuona.
The forward was a mainstay inside for Dartmouth, averaging just under 10 rebounds per game in his first two seasons. His ability to rebound for Purdue will be key as the team will need to replace their three top rebounders next year. His ability to score both inside and out should also prove to be beneficial, with the 6’8” forward converting 37.4% of his 174 three point attempts over two seasons. He was also solid from the line, hitting 76.7% of his free throws and averaging 10.4 attempts per game.
Purdue’s roster is going to look considerably different next season, but the addition of Boudreaux will add some much needed experience and depth to an inexperienced frontcourt.