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August 14, 2013

Painter rounds out staff

Purdue coach Matt Painter filled the vacancy on his coaching staff with former Boilermaker Brandon Brantley.

Brantley, who played center for Purdue from 1992-96 before an extended professional career overseas and in the U.S., fills the spot left open by Micah Shrewsberry, who took a job with the Boston Celtics after two seasons on the Boilermaker bench.

"We are excited about Brandon joining our staff. He has worked very hard to stay in and around the game after a successful career overseas," Painter said in a statement after the move was officially announced Wednesday afternoon, less than an hour after GoldandBlack.com reported it. "As a three-time Big Ten champion as a player, he brings a wealth of experience in understanding what it takes to be successful at the highest level. I am confident he can teach and mentor our players into well-rounded student-athletes in a first-class manner."

Since his playing career ended in 2007, Brantley has been active coaching at the high school and AAU levels in the Indianapolis area while looking to break into college coaching.

A native of East Chicago, Brantley attended Andrean High School before helping Purdue to three consecutive Big Ten championships as a college player.

He will join associate head coach Jack Owens and assistant coach Greg Gary on Painter's coaching staff.

"This is a great opportunity to learn from and coach with one of the best coaching staffs in America," Brantley said in the press release. "I am very excited to come back to Purdue and have been trying to get to this level for a couple of years. It is a blessing to be able to come back and work with this program. I am coming in as the rookie, so I am going to soak up all I can and learn from them. This is the best situation I can be in and thank Coach Painter and his experienced staff for this opportunity."

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