April 10, 2014
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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- The Purdue men's basketball team put an end to its 2013-14 season on Wednesday night in front of approximately 300 fans with the 92nd annual Purdue Men's Basketball Banquet hosted by the Lafayette Lions Club at the Purdue Memorial Union North Ballroom.
Seniors Terone Johnson, Sterling Carter, Errick Peck and Travis Carroll were all honored and the quartet addressed the fans in attendance. The festivities also featured remarks from Purdue athletics director Morgan Burke and head coach Matt Painter.
Individual awards were distributed at the end of the evening, with senior guard Terone Johnson garnering the prestigious John R. Wooden Most Valuable Player Award. The team MVP award is named in honor of the late Boilermaker legend, 1932 National Player of the Year and the first three-time All-American in college basketball history.
Johnson led the team in scoring at 12.0 points per game and minutes played (961), was second in assists (77) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.63) and third in steals (22). In the season's fifth game of the year against Siena, Johnson became the 47th member of the 1,000-point club and finished his career as one of six players in Purdue history to rank in the top 25 in career points (25th) and top 20 in assists (19th).
He led the team in scoring 10 times as a senior, scoring a season-high 22 points against Big Ten Champion Michigan in a Mackey Arena battle in late February. He scored in double figures 24 times during the 2013-14 season and 67 total times during his four-game career that spanned 134 games, the fourth-most appearances in school history.
Johnson finished his career just one assist shy of becoming the third player in school history with 1,300 points, 400 rebounds and 300 assists (E'Twaun Moore, Troy Lewis) ending his career with 1,318 points, 474 rebounds and 299 assists.
Carter earned a pair of team honors, winning the Courage Award (player who took the most charges) and Mr. Hustle Award (given annually by a team vote to the player who displays the greatest amount of determination, drive and leadership).
Carter did everything asked of him during his one season in West Lafayette, appearing in 27 games with six starts before tearing his ACL on Feb. 23 against Nebraska. He averaged 4.8 points per game while connecting on 28 three-pointers. He endeared himself to Purdue fans in the Boilermakers' 82-64 win over Indiana, in which he scored a season-high 19 points while making five three-pointers.
Because of his efforts in the offseason, Carter was named a team captain before the start of the season.
Sophomore A.J. Hammons earned a pair of accolades as well, winning the Rebound Award as well as the "Play Hard" Award (bestowed annually to the player who leads the team in a combination of steals, charges taken, loose balls recovered, blocked shots, rebounds and assists).
Hammons was named to the Big Ten's All-Defensive Team after averaging 10.8 points and 7.4 rebounds per game and leading the Big Ten in blocked shots with 96, the second-highest total for an individual in school history. During Big Ten play, Hammons averaged 12.4 points and 7.7 rebounds per game and he was the only player nationally to have a game of 15 points, 15 rebounds, five blocks and four assists when he scored 18 points with 16 rebounds, five blocks and four assists in the Big Ten opener against Ohio State on New Year's Eve Day.
Hammons already ranks tied for fifth on the career blocked shots list with 163 and for his career, Hammons has scored 694 points with 434 rebounds and 163 blocked shots. He paced the Big Ten (league games only) with six double-doubles.
Senior Travis Carroll was named the recipient of the newly-established Tom Reiter Award (individual who exemplifies the values of a true Boilermaker. Those values include being a great teammate and giving yourself to the team, a strong work ethic in the game of basketball and in the classroom and setting an example for young Boilermakers everywhere to follow). The award was named for long-time Purdue sport administrator Tom Reiter, who passed away in January following a long bout with cancer.
Carroll played in 26 games this past year and 125 for his career, but was considered one of the best leaders head coach Matt Painter has ever had. Carroll selflessly did everything he could for the program in practice and on gameday. He finished his senior season with 38 points, 36 rebounds, seven assists (against one turnover in 185 minutes of play), five blocks and three steals while shooting 17-of-32 (.531) from the field.
Lastly, sophomore guard Jon McKeeman, who actually had to leave the banquet to take a test, garnered the Lambert Award as the Boilermaker with the highest grade-point average over the previous two semesters. McKeeman owns a 3.97 GPA while majoring in chemistry and recently received his first Academic All-Big Ten honor.
Painter will return four starters and 50.0 percent of the team's scoring, as well as welcome in one of the nation's top-20 recruiting classes for the 2014-15 season.