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August 3, 2012

Alumni weekend a big one for Boilermakers

Saturday will be a huge day for Purdue basketball, as the men's program hosts its first-ever alumni game in Mackey Arena.

The game will be followed by an open scrimmage by the current team, just days before it leaves for Italy for its four-game exhibition tour.

Here is a breakdown of the day, which starts at 2 p.m. in Mackey Arena.

Upper bowl tickets, priced at $5 remain and can be purchased at the Purdue Athletic Ticket Office.

The old guys: The group of returning alumni will be divided into two teams and likely play a pair of 10-minute halves. Matt Painter will coach one time while former coach Gene Keady the other.

The list of those slated to participate (at least at last check) included Brian Cardinal, Chris Kramer, Troy Lewis, Todd Mitchell, David Teague, Kenneth Lowe, Brandon McKnight and numerous others.

(Carl Landry just signed a contract with the NBA's Golden State Warriors, so his participation in the game might not be certain.)

"There's a lot of guys I remember from when I was little who are coming back too, before I was even interested in playing college basketball," senior D.J. Byrd said. "Guys like Carson Cunningham. Those guys were at camps when I was coming to camps (as a kid), so that should be a pretty cool experience."

Terone Johnson said he's looking forward to seeing Lowe play.

"He came out here and hooped with us a few times," the junior joked. "I'm sure he's going to go out and give those old guys some buckets."

Numerous other alumni will attend, but not participate in the game.

The current guys: Purdue's current team will scrimmage shortly after the conclusion of the alumni game, giving fans their first look at a very young team.

"They're going to see a well-rounded team," Johnson said. "We've got some good guards and some big guys who can really play."

Purdue has four new scholarship freshmen in A.J. Hammons, Rapheal Davis, Ronnie Johnson and the slowed-by-injury Jay Simpson. That's five freshmen if you count redshirt Donnie Hale.

"It'll be a good experience for them to get to play in front of a crowd, but also for them to have to listen while the crowd is there," Johnson said. "That can be kind of hard sometimes to take what we do (in practice) and translate it into a game-type situation."

The Boilermaker players will sign autographs from 1 p.m. to 1:45. Doors open at 1.

The future guys: Saturday could be an enormous recruiting day for Purdue, which will host all three of its 2013 commitments along with a crop of uncommitted recruits it hopes will include top classes 2014-2016 targets Vince Edwards, Hyron Edwards and Eron Gordon, among others.




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