WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — E’Twaun Moore and JaJuan Johnson, two of the leading scorers for seventh-ranked Purdue, said this afternoon they plan to return to college for their senior years.
Moore, a 6-3 shooting guard, and Johnson, a 6-10 forward, both were possible early entry candidates for the NBA draft.”I think we’ll be back next year,” Moore said before today’s practice. “At least speaking for myself. I can’t speak for JaJuan.”
A few minutes later Johnson echoed the same sentiment.
“That’s what it looks like right now for me, coming back to school,” Johnson said. “I still have a lot of things to accomplish, a Big Ten championship, a Final Four. There are a lot of things I still want to do in college.”
Moore is Purdue’s leading scorer (16.8 points per game) and top 3-point shooter (37 percent) among the regulars.
Johnson is Purdue’s third-leading scorer (14.7) and leading rebounder (6.9).
Junior forward Robbie Hummel, the Boilers second-leading scorer and rebounder and finalist for multiple national Player of the Year awards, also is expected back after tearing the ACL in his right knee. He is expected to make a full recovery and be ready for the season opener.
Will all three juniors returning, Purdue would open the season as one of the top teams in college basketball.
The Boilermakers (24-4) have spent all but one week of the season ranked in the Top 10 and eight weeks in the Top 5.
In addition to the returning players, Purdue has an incoming recruiting class ranked as one of the top-20 in the nation that includes three Indiana players — North Central guard Terone Johnson. New Albany forward Donnie Hale and Danville center Travis Carroll.