STORIES BY JORDON BRUNER
Jordon Bruner is Assistant Director of Sports Information, Marketing and Event Management at Purdue University Calumet
Young squad shows promise, improvement
Continued improvement summarized the 2009-10 Purdue Calumet men’s basketball season, which compiled an 8-19 overall record and 4-8 mark in Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Division II action.
The Peregrines’ fourth place conference finish was their best since the 2005-06 campaign. Their eight victories represented a five-game turnaround from the 2008-09 season, despite competing with only returning two letter winners and suiting up nine freshmen.
Potent scoring, rebounding
Purdue Calumet’s young squad was one of the top offensive teams in the conference, finishing third in the league and ranking seventh in school history by averaging 76.9 points per game. The Peregrines also ranked second in the conference in rebounding margin (+2.1), behind two of the CCAC’s top rebounders in juniors Neal Hudson and Michael Patton, both of Gary.
All-conference freshman guard Aaron Evans (Indianapolis) and Hudson, an honorable mention selection, led the Peregrines’ high-scoring attack. Evans became the first Purdue Calumet freshman to earn First Team All-CCAC II accolades since Marquice Woods, while also adding CCAC II Freshman-of-the-Year honors. Hudson ranked among the league’s leaders in scoring and rebounding.
Evans, Hudson impressive
Evans, who averaged 18.8 points and 4.1 assists per game, established himself as one of the conference’s top playmakers. He also earned Purdue Calumet Most Valuable Player recognition.
Hudson, one of just three upperclassmen on the team, was the Peregrines’ second-leading scorer (13.8). The versatile play of the Joliet Junior College transfer was on display throughout the season, as he also ranked second in the conference in rebounding at 6.9 boards per contest.
Additionally, freshman guard Kedric Williams (Bloomington, Ill.) received the team’s Most Improved Player award. Another freshman, Mark Sutter (Elkhart) is the initial recipient of the Kevin Thomas Peregrine Award for sustained commitment in pursuit of excellence, service to others and academic performance. Thomas played for the Peregrines through the 2008-09 season.
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