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Figure Chris Kramer will get in somebody's face. He will push, harass and, yes, steal. That is what he does, and he is certain to do it in Saturday's Purdue 2014 Alumni Game.
The second such basketball event is set to start at noon at Mackey Arena, and Kramer is among the 27 ex-Boilers preparing to get it on.
Kramer, a former Huntington North standout, was a defensive juggernaut for four years at Purdue, two of which earned him Big Ten defensive player of the year honors. He continued that mindset while playing for the Indiana Pacers in their 2010 summer league, in the 2010 Milwaukee Bucks training camp, and then for the Mad Ants of the NBA Development League. He's been in Germany for the last several years, playing for Wurzburg and then EWE Baskets Oldenburg.
While Kramer did average 11.2 points for Wurzburg in 2012, he remains committed to his defensive roots. He holds the Purdue career record for steals (274), and totaled 850 points and 397 rebounds. He played in 96 victories and helped the Boilers make consecutive Sweet 16s.
Kramer is set to play for the Black team on Saturday. Teammates will include Brian Cardinal, Todd Mitchell, Jaraan Cornell, Troy Lewis, D.J. Byrn, Ryne Smith and Roy Hairston. Former Purdue coach Gene Keady, an eight time national coach of the year winner.
Don't be surprised if Kramer gets the defensive matchup against David Teague, who totaled 47 points in Purdue's loss to a group of Indiana alumni last weekend. Teague, now playing professionally in South America, didn't hesitate to shoot, launching 33 shots, including 16 three-pointers. That's not a surprise. He's third in career history at Purdue with 239 made three-pointers.
Teague is part of Gold team that also includes Craig Riley, Kenny Lowe, Lewis Jackson, Brandon Brantley and Matt Kiefer.
The game will feature two 20-minute halves.
Those set to appear, but not play, include E'Twaun Moore, Rob Hummel, JaJuan Johnson, Dave Schellhase, Chad Austin and Everett Stephens. Current Purdue coach Matt Painter will coach this group.
Hummel recently re-signed with the NBA's Minnesota Timberwolves at nearly $900,000 for next season. Moore is coming off a solid two seasons with the NBA's Orlando Magic. He averaged 7.1 points, 2.0 rebounds and 2.1 assists as a combo guard. Johnson has signed with a Turkish pro team. He previously saw limited action with the Boston Celtics (3.2 points, 1.6 rebounds) and with the Mad Ants. Last year he played for an Italian pro team (14.5 points, 6.6 rebounds).