Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Purdue gets some help from the hardwood
By Brian Bennett
This possibility was mentioned in one of the lunchtime links, and now it is official: Purdue's Patrick Bade is leaving the Boilermakers' basketball team to try and make it on the school's football team as a tight end.
We've seen plenty of players over the years play both football and basketball or quit one sport to concentrate on another. Rarely have we seen a player who has focused on one sport -- Bade played in 58 games for the basketball team, averaging 1.2 points and 1.6 rebounds -- to try another sport midway through his career. Bade is a junior.
Bade, in fact, hasn't played football since his junior year of high school. But he's 6-foot-8, and you can't teach that.
"I’ve seen his junior film, and he looks like a pretty good prospect for us," Purdue coach Danny Hope said. "He’s a big-body guy who plays a position where we have a quite a bit of youth and not a lot experience, so he’ll be able to compete right away. We’re happy to have him aboard.”
Hope has been trying to add depth at tight end following the departure of seniors Kyle Adams and Jeff Lindsay. Recruit Carlos Carvaja joined the team in May, and junior college transfer Sterling Carter participated in spring practice. The Boilermakers also have sophomore Gabe Holmes, who had one catch last season.
Whether Bade turns out to be a notable addition remains to be seen. Purdue fans can only hope this hardwood-to-tight-end transition works out as well as it did for Antonio Gates.