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May 1, 2013

Peck visits

Purdue could add multiple fifth-year transfers to next season's team if all goes as hoped, one of those potential additions being Cornell transfer Errick Peck.

Purdue is well acquainted with the Indianapolis native and Cathedral graduate, having recruiting former high school and AAU teammate Kelsey Barlow years ago.

Tuesday, Purdue became even more acquainted with the 6-foot-6 forward, hosting him for a visit as it seeks to add him to next season's roster as an immediately eligible fifth-year transfer.

"It was good," Peck said. "We just toured around the campus and met with some faculty in the Krannert management school concerning my my grad school studies. Then we got to see the athletic facilities and whatnot."

The former Indiana All-Star will graduate from Cornell in late May, then move on to wherever he's headed next. Purdue is an option. Xavier, which will soon host him next week for a visit, is another. A decision, Peck hopes, will come by next weekend.

Duquesne and Loyola-Chicago are also options.

This past season, Peck started 11 of 29 games for Cornell and averaged just under 10 points and five rebounds per game.

Purdue currently has only 10 players on scholarship after three players transferred following the season.

He redshirted in 2011-12 due to a knee injury, affording him the option to graduate from Cornell, then use his final season of eligibility elsewhere.

"(Purdue) just told me my leadership and maturity would help," Peck said. "And the ability to be able to handle it and stretch the defense when playing the 4 or be physical when playing the 3 could help them out as well."


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