INDIANAPOLIS -- Matt Painter's first season as Purdue's basketball coach figures to be more challenging without high-scoring David Teague.
The 6-foot-5 guard, who averaged 14 points and 5.5 rebounds last season for the Boilermakers, will be eligible to return as a fifth-year senior in 2006-07, the team said Wednesday.
Teague was hurt at practice Monday, and the extent of the injury was determined Tuesday by a specialist.
"I'm very disappointed not to be playing this season," Teague
said Wednesday. "I want to be out there competing with my
teammates. After surgery, I want to concentrate on getting ready
for next season and becoming a better player.
"During this season, I plan to be the loudest fan in Mackey
Painter said Teague worked hard to prepare for the season.
"I feel bad for him, because he's made some strides," Painter
said. "He's a competitive kid, and that's what we need."
Teague missed the first two games last season after breaking a
bone in his right hand during preseason practice. His new injury
thins Purdue's guard ranks just before the season opener.
The Boilermakers host Wofford on Saturday in their first chance
to bounce back from a 7-21 record in Gene Keady's final season as
Painter told Teague before his trip to the specialist to be prepared to play 40 minutes against Wofford, and yet be prepared to miss the entire season.
Now, the focus is on Teague's recovery. A date for surgery had
not been set.
"Things happen for different reasons," Painter said. "When
they do, you just make the most of it and move on."
Though Teague is a career 35-percent 3-point shooter and has
started 57 of the team's last 59 games, Painter said he will be
missed most as a rebounder and defender.
The injury puts more pressure on newcomers. Painter already
suspended Tarrance Crump for the season after he was arrested in
September on a drunk driving charge. The junior college transfer
was expected to contend for the starting point guard job.
Senior point guard Bryant Dillon, who averaged 2.3 points and 2.4 assists last season before missing 13 games with a knee injury,
is expected to provide stability.