In-state rivals Purdue and Indiana faced off for the second time this season Thursday night, with the Boliermakers attempting to complete the season sweep. One play sure to help their efforts was the emphatic dunk thrown down by guard Jon Octeus early in the second half.
With Indiana in a matchup zone Octeus was able to find a lane to the basket, where Hoosier Collin Hartman was waiting in an attempt to take the charge. That did not work out so well for Hartman, as Octeus elevated over him for the one-handed dunk.
Purdue steamrolled NAIA opponent Carroll College (Montana), 90-49, on Friday night in the final exhibition game for the Boilermakers.
The highlight of the evening was Jon Octeus’ driving by one opponent with an in-and-out move before throwing down a two-handed slam over another Carroll defender.
The 6-foot-4 Octeus joins Purdue by way of Colorado State (and UCLA). The former Ram transferred to UCLA in June, but was denied admission in September. He became a huge late addition for Matt Painter, who was looking to add some experience to a perimeter that lost Terone and Ronnie Johnson. Octeus averaged 13.4 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game for Colorado State during the 2013-2014 season.
Purdue opens the season against Samford at home next Friday.
Entering the 2014-15 season the Purdue Boilermakers were expected to have just one upperclassman in its perimeter rotation, junior Rapheal Davis. However that officially changed Thursday, as head coach Matt Painter added another player with Division I experience in the form of Colorado State graduate transfer Jon Octeus.
News of Octeus joining the Purdue program was first reported by Jon Rothstein of CBSSports.com, with Purdue announcing the news via press release Thursday morning.
“We are excited to have Jon join our program. He is an athletic, hard-working, versatile guard that can play and guard three positions,” Painter said in the release. “He averaged almost 14 points a game in a very good conference and has a knack of getting to the basket and drawing fouls.”
After averaging 13.4 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game at Colorado State last season, Octeus originally committed to joining the UCLA program. However he was not admitted into graduate school, meaning that Octeus would not be able to join Steve Alford’s program.
Adding Octeus is a big deal for a Purdue team that lost its top two perimeter scoring options at the end of last season. Terone Johnson (12.0 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 2.4 apg) graduated and younger brother Ronnie (10.8, 2.8, 3.7) transferred to Houston, leaving sophomore Kendall Stephens (8.0 ppg) as the team’s most productive perimeter returnee.
Center A.J. Hammons is Purdue’s leading returning scorer, as he accounted for 10.8 points, 7.4 rebounds and 3.1 blocks per contest in 2013-14. Octeus’ addition gives Purdue a boost on both ends of the floor, with regards to both talent and experience.