WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Big Ten Conference has granted Purdue men’s basketball player Jacquil Taylor a medical hardship waiver, restoring his freshman season of eligibility with the Boilermakers.
A season ago, Taylor struggled through recurring leg and shin injuries suffered during his high school career and was forced to sit out the remainder of the 2014-15 campaign after appearing in six games. He played in the first five games of the season against Samford, IUPUI, Grambling, Kansas State and Missouri and then again on Dec. 10 against Arkansas State.
Taylor scored 13 points (5-11 FGs) with 12 rebounds, two assists, four blocked shots and one steal in just 42 minutes of action, before being shut down for the rest of the season after the Arkansas State game.
Taylor has been cleared to resume practicing this summer and has gained about 25 pounds of muscle to his frame since his arrival last summer, standing 6 feet, 9 inches, and weighing about 240 pounds.
Taylor will become part of a freshman class that consists of guards Ryan Cline and Grant Weatherford and forwards Caleb Swanigan and Grady Eifert.
Purdue will open its exhibition season on Nov. 8 against Northwestern Ohio, before hosting North Carolina A&T for the regular-season opener on Nov. 13. The Boilermakers return nine of its top 11 scorers from a year ago and welcome in a top-25 recruiting class nationally.