Feb. 13, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -
Brad Miller and Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton were two of the most versatile post players ever to play at Purdue. They have both been selected among the 24 Legends of Mackey Arena.
The Purdue University basketball facility is celebrating a $99.5 million expansion/renovation this season by recognizing the 12 most-popular Boilermaker men's and 12 most popular women's players, who have competed in the arena since its dedication in 1967. The 24 Legends of Mackey were chosen through a two-month on-line voting process by fans that garnered some 10,000 ballots.
Miller was an often-dominant big man for the Boilermakers from 1994 through 1998. He improved notably every year and in his senior year averaged 17.2 points and 8.9 rebounds per game. The Kendallville, Ind., native racked up 28 double-doubles in his career, ranking him 10th in school history, and he is the only Boilermaker to record more than 1,500 points (1530 - 19th all-time), 800 rebounds (862 - fourth all-time) and 250 assists (257). After a great run with Purdue, Miller has carved out a very successful NBA career with the Charlotte Hornets, Chicago Bulls, Indiana Pacers, Sacramento Kings, Houston Rockets and Minnesota Timberwolves.
Hailing from Naperville, Ill., Wisdom-Hylton was a major factor for the Boilermakers from 2005 through 2009. She is the school record-holder with 968 rebounds and 281 blocked shots, ranks second with 25 double-doubles and is ninth with 1,625 points. She was named first team All-Big Ten twice and was selected to the conference All-Defensive team three times. Wisdom-Hylton won gold medals with the USA Under 20 National Team in 2006 and the USA Under 21 National Team in 2007. She was the No. 13 overall selection in the 2009 WNBA Draft by the Los Angeles Sparks and currently plays for the Chicago Sky.
The remaining Legends of Mackey Arena will be announced two per week through the end of March. After the entire list becomes public, a line of products will be developed, including shirts, posters and calendars. Proceeds from the sales will benefit the 6th Boiler Scholarship Fund, which is raising money through the John Purdue Club to ultimately endow Boilermaker basketball scholarships.
Legends of Mackey Arena
Jan. 9: Mount / Versyp
Jan. 16: Landry / White
Jan. 23: Carroll / Holmes
Jan. 30: Cardinal / Joseph
Feb. 6: Johnson / Lovelace
Feb. 13: Miller / Wisdom-Hylton