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Last updated: Mon. Aug. 04, 2014 - 12:20 am EDT

Purdue adds toughness with Weatherford commitment

Hamilton Heights point guard joins Class of 2015

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What will Grant Weatherford bring to Purdue basketball?

Try toughness.

Oh, yes. Also a good-shooting, good-decision-making component vital in coach Matt Painter's quest to restore program glory.

Weatherford is Painter's second commitment for the Class of 2015, joining Carmel guard and Indiana Elite teammate Ryan Cline.

Weatherford, who tweeted his commitment Saturday night, is a standout athlete from Hamilton Heights High School near Indianapolis. He could play football in college. He is 6-2, 215 pounds and has potential as a linebacker, safety or receiver.

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Ohio offered him a football scholarship. Purdue and Indiana were looking also looking at him for football.

But in the end, a chance to play for a basketball program he had grown up watching -- and play with a lot of guys he knows very well -- was too great. He picked the Boilers over Ball State, Cleveland State, Western Michigan and Ohio.

Painter wants players who bleed gold and black, guys who are unselfish and tough minded, who put team success over individual glory.

Oh, yes. Guys who can play defense and take care of the ball. As a point guard, Weatherford seems to fit that profile, although he hasn't generated any stars in Rivals.com's five-star rating process.

That's not true of Cline, a three-star prospect who figures to be a strong Indiana Mr. Basketball candidate next season. He's a good outside shooter whose stock rose during the spring and summer AAU season.

While Weatherford and Cline won't impress those who love top-20 prospects, both reflect Painter's recruiting approach as he seeks to wipe away consecutive losing seasons.

Also, check out the 2014-15 Purdue basketball "wish list" here.

“The one thing that jumps out in the last couple of years was we weren't always getting beat by our opponents, we were getting beat by ourselves,” he said during an early summer press conference. “It starts with us playing ball the right way. Taking care of the ball the right way.

“We weren't sharing the ball. We weren't selfless. That's what we have to have. We have to have that team swagger that we're out there for each other, that we're working together. We had that before. Sure, we had good players, but we had that. So even if you don't have the best talent, if have that and take care of the ball, if you make free throws and follow the scouting report, good things will happen.”

pdiprimio@news-sentinel.com


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