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Matt Painter Goes On Rant About Matt Haarms, Nojel Eastern

Purdue has taken a couple hits this offseason when Matt Haarms and Nojel Eastern elected to enter the transfer portal. Reports say Matt Painter was not expecting these player to do such. Painter voiced his frustration earlier this week on The Dan Dakich Show. “I don’t mean to hurt anybody’s feelings, because I like the guys who have left my program,” Painter said. “I like both of them. But transfers don’t get drafted pretty much. It’s a very, very small percentage. … What I look at more than anything is embrace problems and embrace adversity and fight it. Don’t run from it. When you run from it and your work ethic isn’t at a high, high level like a Carson Edwards or a Caleb Swaningan, … that’s the one thing that’s not gonna change.”

“... You might’ve got your degree from Purdue, but you’re not a Boilermaker if you walk out the door at the end and say, ‘Hey, I want to make the league.’ Well, guys who make the league work hard like Carsen Edwards and Caleb Swanigan. I didn’t see that from him. Did he work hard in practice? Sure. Did he work hard in games? Sure. Was he a good player for us? Yes. But if you take him and rank him against those guys I just mentioned, where would you rank him? So Trevion Williams beat him out and if he wants to move on, then that’s his choice.”

Painter was asked if he was concerned about the current state of the program following the two transfers. “No, not at all,” he said. “I think when you look at the center position where Matt Haarms was, we tried to play Trevion Williams and him together and it did not work. To his defense, he got hurt. He had two concussions. Him leaving — I don’t know how things changed for him. That’s what I kind of look at. I try to take a step back and look at it from their perspective. OK, how could you better yourself? Are you gonna go play against better competition in the league that you went to? No. When I look at the position and say, ‘OK, it worked for Caleb Swanigan in that position. It worked for A.J, Hammons in that position. It worked for Carl Landry in that position. It worked for JaJuan Johnson.’ You want me to keep going? It worked for Isaac Haas. Trevion Williams is gonna be a good player, … but in reality, Trevion Williams beat him out. That’s it.”

Painter makes some great points. According to Jon Rothstein, in the past 5 years of the NBA Draft, 300 different players have been selected. Only 14 of those players were transfers. Thats only 4.6%. Players nowadays also don't deal with adversity like they used to. Instead of fighting for more playing time, starting spots, etc, they elect to transfer. It's the new millennial way. We will see this more than ever if the NCAA passes the one time transfer rule.