Tipoff: Wayne State at Purdue, 7:05 p.m. Tonight
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Purdue coach Matt Painter looks at freshman guard Bryson Scott and sees Chris Kramer.
Scott, a former Northrop standout, does not physically look like Kramer, the former Boilermaker defensive standout. But Scott's competitive fire does bring comparisons. That's among the reasons why Scott could start in tonight's exhibition game against Wayne State, just as he did in last week's exhibition game against the University of Indianapolis.
“He reminds me a lot of Chris Kramer in terms of how hard he plays and how he competes every day,” Painter said.
Coaches love to win and really love guys who do win. Scott has shown in practice that, in whatever competitive drill or setting he's in, his group thrives.
The result -- Scott is pushing sophomore point guard Ronnie Johnson for playing time.
“We accumulated 50 different competitive drills through our practices,” Painter said, “and he had the best win/loss percentage in those.
“I told our guys, and I told Bryson and Ronnie, that the last time I checked, we get gauged on winning. I felt he earned that (start) through his consistent competitive nature in practice.”
Painter wants to hone that competitiveness with Scott and the rest of the Boilers in their final exhibition before opening the season Friday against Northern Kentucky. The coach sees the potential in a team that has four seniors, no juniors and the rest freshmen and sophomores.
“I'm excited about this team,” Painter said. “I'm excited for our pieces. Now we have to put it together and be a good team.”
Wayne State returns four veterans players from last year's 17-12 team, led by senior forward Ryan Rolfzen (6.9 points, 3.3 rebounds). The Wildcats have a new coach in Brian Dolan, who'd spent the previous seven years at Upper Iowa University.
Purdue won its exhibition opener last week over the University of Indianapolis 80-73. The Boilers were led by Terone Johnson's 17 points. Rapheal Davis had 13. Freshman Scott and Kendall Stephens added 11 each.