WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue men’s basketball head coach Matt Painter has announced that redshirt junior Basil Smotherman has been suspended for the Boilermakers’ 2016-17 season opener against McNeese State, as well as the team’s exhibition game against Southern Indiana (Nov. 1) and the closed scrimmage vs. West Virginia.
“We have suspended Basil for our first three competitions for a violation of team rules,” Painter said. “We hold our players to high standards and when they don’t meet those standards, there will be consequences. Basil knows he made a mistake and will learn from it.”
Smotherman redshirted during the 2015-16 season, but played every game during both his freshman and sophomore seasons. He has averaged 3.8 points and 2.8 rebounds per game while shooting 53.3 percent from the field in 66 career games.
Coach Painter will have no further comment on the matter.
Purdue returns three starters from last year’s 26-9 season and is ranked highly in several preseason publications.