Purdue Lands First 2006 Recruit

The Purdue Boilermakers and future head coach Matt Painter got on the board Monday with a commitment from a talented in-state product.

Whether or not the Valentines Day spirit struck and Chris Kramer fell in love, we'll never know. But we do know that in the fall of 2006, the 6-foot-3 Huntington North combo guard is headed to Purdue.

"He committed to Purdue today," Kramer's high school coach Eric Foister said. Kramer, an underclassman all-state selection as a sophomore, is the first known commitment to Matt Painter who will take over the reigns for Gene Keady in Lafayette next season.

Kramer is averaging 19 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals while being the No. 2 scorer in his conference behind Scout.com Top 100 selection Dominic James.

Foister, a former Division I assistant who has sent 7 previous players to the Division I level, sees big things for his budding star.

"He's a really athletic kid who's strong and can score. If he grows two inches he can be a Bobby Sura-type player. He's a big combo guard. He's got a chance; his dad is 6-foot-7."

Painter and Foister fostered a relationship back during Painter's playing days at Purdue when the coach worked camp with Painter, then a player for Keady. In the end, Purdue won the battle after Iowa, Bowling Green and Ball State made offers.

"His No. 1 priority was playing at a high level close to home," Foister said. "His second priority was getting along with the head coach. We have a great relationship and he wanted someone the same way. Without Matt Painter, they don't get it done."


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