Purdue forward Jacquil Taylor announced on Wednesday that he will transfer out of the program.
After a lot of thinking and talking it over with my family and friends I have made the decision to transfer from Purdue University to play for another school. I love the school and the people in the school as well, but I also have to think about what’s best for me and my future as well. I have nothing bad to say about Purdue at all. I want to thank the fans, JPC, and all the people I have to come to love and respect. I will miss each and everyone of y’all and i hope there is no bad blood between us. I am proud to say that I was able to be a boilermaker for have the chance to graduate as well. Even though we are going out separate ways Purdue is a school that I will always be fond of and will love and respect
Taylor, who is set to graduate this spring, will be immediately eligible for the 2018-19 season as a graduate transfer. The oft injured 6’10” forward could also gain a sixth year of eligibility from the time he’s missed due to injuries. While Taylor is set to enter his fifth year of eligibility next season, he has also missed almost two full seasons due to injuries while at Purdue.
After missing the entire 2016-17 season, Taylor was once again hampered with injuries this fall. He played in 18 games this past winter, averaging 1.9 points and 1.4 rebounds per game in 6.4 minutes of playing time.
Taylor lost minutes this past season to Grady Eifert, with injuries likely influencing that. With the Boilermakers adding grad transfer Evan Bordeaux and incoming freshmen Trevion Williams and Emmanuel Dowuona, minutes might have been hard to come by once again. A transfer will allow for Taylor to get a fresh start and hopefully finish out his career fully healthy.
“I love the school and the people in the school as well, but I also have to think about what’s best for me and my future as well,” Taylor said in an Instragram post. “I have nothing bad to say about Purdue at all. I want to thank the fans, JPC, and all the people I have to come to love and respect.”
While Purdue will lose an experienced big man, the team will return Matt Haarms and Grady Eifert. The Boilermakers will also add a pair of freshmen bigs and 6’9” forward Aaron Wheeler will also be in the mix after redshirtting in 2017-18.
Purdue also announced this afternoon that Dartmouth transfer Evan Bordeaux has officially signed his Big Ten tender, with the forward having two years of eligibility remaining.