Painter extended at Purdue

On Sunday morning, ESPN’s Jeff Goodman reported that Purdue head men’s basketball coach Matt Painter agreed to a 3-year contract extension. The deal will take him through 2022. Painter has been coach of the Boilermakers since the 2005-2006 season and has a career record of 238-133 that includes eight NCAA Tournament appearances over 11 years.

Though Purdue is coming off a first-round upset loss to Arkansas-Little Rock in last year’s tournament, their regular season was largely successful. Their 26-8 record (12-6 in conference) was good for a third-place finish in the Big Ten conference. They got off to a hot 11-0 start that saw them move up the rankings to as high as nine. Heading into the 2016-17 season, they’ll be returning last year’s top-10 national recruit in center Caleb Swanigan. At only 6-8, Swanigan set a Purdue freshman record for rebounds and averaged 10.2 points per game, earning him a spot on the Big Ten All-Freshman team. They’ll hope he can take a step forward to compensate for the loss of center A.J. Hammons, who was drafted 46th overall by the Dallas Mavericks in June’s NBA draft.

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