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.
UCLA picked up a valuable graduate transfer on Friday afternoon as Colorado State rising senior guard Jon Octeus committed to the Bruins and head coach Steve Alford. The news of Octeus’ commitment was first reported by CBSSports.com’s Jon Rothstein.
The 6-foot-4 Octeus started all 32 games for Colorado State last season, posting averages of 13.4 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game and the guard is on track to graduate this summer. Octeus shot 40 percent from the field, 35 percent from three-point range and 75 percent from the free-throw line in 2013-14.
Octeus joining UCLA should help offset the loss of guards Jordan Adams and Zach LaVine. LaVine was selected 13th overall by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the first round of the 2014 NBA Draft on Thursday night while Adams went 22nd overall to the Memphis Grizzlies.
The Bruins won the services of Octeus over his other two finalists of Cincinnati and Missouri.
With Bryce Alford and Norman Powell returning and former McDonald’s All-American Isaac Hamilton starting his college basketball career next season, UCLA has some talent and depth in the back court with the new addition of Octeus.
Jon Octeus, Colorado State’s third-leading scorer, is leaving the program for his final year of eligibility, the school announced on Monday night.
The 6-foot-4 rising senior guard averaged 13.4 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game. He is on track to graduate this summer, giving him immediate eligibility for next season.
“First and foremost, I would like to thank everyone affiliated with Colorado State University for their support during my time in Fort Collins,” Octeus said through a statement. “I would like to give a special thanks to Coach Eustachy, the staff, my teammates, the CSU Athletics Department, and the Rams fans for providing me with the opportunity to experience some of the greatest moments of my life.
Octeus began his collegiate career at Wabash Valley College (Illinois) before enrolling at Colorado State in 2012.
“Jon has been a big part of the success we have had at Colorado State over the last two years,” Colorado State head coach Larry Eustachy added. “More than just a talented player, he is a leader and a person of character. We wish Jon the best moving forward. He gave CSU two outstanding seasons, but more importantly, he will leave our program with his degree. You can’t ask for much more out of a student-athlete.”
This is a tough blow for the Rams, however, they do return leading scorers J.J. Avila and Daniel Bejarano. The program also adds John Gillon to the back court. The 6-foot guard averaged 10.6 points, 2.4 boards and 2.4 assists per game for Arkansas-Little Rock during the 2012-2013 season. Last week, former Iowa State guard Bubu Palo transferred to Colorado State. Palo will seek a waiver to be able to play next season.
Colorado State was 16-16 (7-11 MWC), and ninth in conference standings after appearing in back-to-back NCAA tournaments.