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Thursday Quickies: Matt Painter Edition

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The Purdue coach took to the radio airwaves to air his grievances about transfers

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It seems like Purdue coach Matt Painter isn’t too thrilled that two players decided to transfer from the Purdue basketball program.

Matt Haarms decided to leave and go to BYU, while multi-year starting wing Nojel Eastern announced that he was entering the transfer portal this week. Painter went on Dan Dakich’s show to talk about the transfers and didn’t seem to like that the two were leaving the program and had this interesting quote, per Robbie Weinstein of 247 Sports.

“... 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.”

And Painter seemingly took a shot at Haarms, who mentioned when he decided to transfer that he wanted to go somewhere else as preparation for going to the NBA.

“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 Carsen Edwards or a Caleb Swanigan, … that’s the one thing that’s not gonna change.”

Those are harsh words from Painter. What do you all make of Painter’s comments?

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