Event to take place at Lafayette Jefferson High School on Saturday
News and notes on Purdue Athletics
News and notes on Purdue Athletics
Alum returns to West Lafayette after standout career in mid-90s.
Purdue Men's Basketball vs. Penn State
Purdue men's basketball defeated Northwestern Ohio, 92-43, on Nov. 8, 2015.
Purdue vs. Cincinnati in the second round of the NCAA Tournament (3-19-15)
The Purdue men's basketball team practiced at the KFC Yum! Center before Thursday's first-round game vs. Cincinnati.
Purdue had its first basketball practice of the year on Friday, Oct. 3, 2014.
Head coach Matt Painter tabbed the former Boilermaker captain to fill the vacancy on his coaching staff on August 14, 2013.
Brantley spends the majority of his on-court duties coaching Purdue’s big men. A year ago, he helped in the development of Caleb Swanigan, who was named a consensus first-team All-American, the Pete Newell Big Man of the Year Award winner and the Big Ten Player of the Year. Swanigan was a completely different player from his freshman to sophomore season under Brantley’s guidance. In addition, junior center Isaac Haas led the Big Ten in points / 40 minutes and ranks seventh on Purdue’s career field goal percentage list.
Swanigan finished the season as the first player in college basketball since Tim Duncan to average at least 18.5 points, 12.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game and is the only player in college basketball in the last 31 years to have 640 points, 430 rebounds and 100 assists in a season. His 436 rebounds as a sophomore were the most in school history.
During the 2015-16 season, A.J. Hammons was named first-team All-Big Ten and honorable mention All-America while freshman Swanigan was named to the Big Ten’s All-Freshman Team. In addition, the Boilermakers led the country in points scored on post-ups and ranked third nationally in rebound margin, setting a school record in the process. Swanigan led the league in rebounding as a freshman.
Hammons ended his career ranked 17th on the school’s career scoring list, third in rebounds and second in blocked shots and is 1-of-2 players in Big Ten history with 1,500 career points, 900 rebounds and 340 blocked shots.
Three years ago, Purdue’s two big men, Hammons and Haas were the key components in the Boilermakers’ return to the NCAA Tournament, combining to average 19.5 points per game, 10.7 rebounds per game with 121 blocks while shooting 248-of-461 (.538) from the field between them.
In addition, Hammons was named second-team All-Big Ten after leading the Big Ten in blocks for the third straight year, while Haas was selected to try out for the US National Team’s contingent for the Pan-Am Games.
Hammons became the first Big Ten player in 35 years and just the third ever to tally 1,000 points, 600 rebounds and 250 blocked shots by the end of his junior campaign.
During his first season at Purdue, Brantley played a center role in Hammons’ improvement, who earned a spot on the Big Ten’s All-Defense team after blocking 96 shots, the second most in a season in school history, while recording six double-doubles during Big Ten play, the most of any player in the league. With his guidance, the Boilermakers’ 168 blocked shots a year ago were the second most in school history, while ranking fourth in the Big Ten in rebound margin, the highest mark for a Painter-coached team at Purdue.
Brantley has made a solid impact on the recruiting trail as well, recruiting the fertile grounds of Indianapolis and nationally in the search for Purdue’s next dominant big man.
Brantley has extensive experience on the sidelines, spending the last two years with Basketball University and as the EG10 AAU Under-16 head coach. During his time with the EG10 Under-16 squad, he guided the team to the Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions title in Atlanta during late April of this past year.
Brantley also spent time in the Indianapolis Pro-Am Summer League from 2008 to 2012, where he was the head coach to several NBA and NCAA Division I players in the AAU and summer league circuits.
From 2006 to 2010, Brantley was the head JV basketball and assistant coach at Ben Davis High School in Indianapolis, where he assisted in coordinating youth programs and student study tables.
Brantley was key figure in Purdue’s run of success in the Big Ten Conference in the mid-90s. He helped the Boilermakers to three Big Ten Championships, serving as the team captain of the 1995-96 squad that posted a 26-6 overall record, a 15-3 Big Ten mark and the No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament’s West Region.
During his time at Purdue, Brantley competed on three NCAA Tournament teams (1994-96) and one NIT Tournament squad (1992). He finished his career appearing in 129 games, scoring 803 points with 591 rebounds and 114 blocks, the seventh most in a career in Purdue history. He was honored with the team’s Courage Award in 1995, the Doc Combs “Play Hard” Award in 1996 and he shared the John Wooden Most Valuable Player Award in 1996.
Following his stint in West Lafayette, Brantley participated in the Indiana Pacers Training Camp and then played professionally in Spain, Finland, England, Italy, Greece, France and the American Basketball Association (ABA). Brantley won rebounding titles in four different leagues and was a four-time MVP, earning English League All-Star Team honors in 2000.
He was a member of the Purdue Athletic Advisory Council and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Restaurant and Hotel Management.
Brantley and his wife, Michelle, live in Lafayette.