Last season, it was Jon Octeus transferring in to serve as Purdue's (eventual) starting point guard. Well, it worked so well the first time, perhaps the transfer-point-guard route can work well again.
Johnny Hill, a transfer point guard from Texas-Arlington, signed up with the Boilermakers over the weekend. While he might not assume starting point guard duties, he should play a big role for a Purdue team that looks better and better by the day.
Hill, a Glendale Heights native and graduate of Glenbard East High School, spent his first two seasons of college basketball at Illinois State and made 26 starts as a sophomore during the 2012-13 season before transferring to Texas-Arlington. After sitting out a season per NCAA rules, he averaged 10.1 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.6 assists in 26.9 minutes per game this past season at Texas-Arlington. He only played in four of the team's final 13 games due to injury.
Having already earned his degree, Hill is eligible to play immediately at Purdue.
Hill picked Purdue over Illinois and others, and his addition is certainly a boost. Matt Painter & Co., though, are waiting to see if an even bigger boost arrives in the form of Caleb Swanigan, the five-star big man who decommitted from Michigan State late last week and is reportedly considering Purdue. His addition would no doubt be a game-changer.
Hill's arrival and the potential arrival of Swanigan teamed with the already existing stockpile of talent in Rapheal Davis, A.J. Hammons, Isaac Haas, Vince Edwards, P.J. Thompson and Kendall Stephens could make Purdue one of the Big Ten's most dangerous teams next season.