Big Ten Area Battle For 2009 Wing Ends

The boys in the Big Ten region were haggling over D.J. Byrd. The 6-foot-5 wing player out of Crawfordsville (Ind.) N. Montgomery settled in on his college decision Wednesday night.

A battle for one of the top juniors in the state of Indiana ended Wednesday night. D.J. Byrd, a 6-foot-5 2009 wing out of North Montgomery High selected the Purdue Boilermakers after giving his choice much thought.

"It definitely was tough but in the end I found the coaches I could see myself with for the four years I'd be with (Purdue)," Byrd said. "I had to go with my heart and choose Purdue. There isn't anything more than that I could want."

The Boilermakers bested Indiana, Notre Dame and Butler to land the 18 point per game scorer. "To turn down Indiana with all that tradition was tough; I had to go with my heart on this one."

Byrd could wind up playing both the small forward and shooting guard during his time in the Big Ten. He's got a clear understanding of what it's going to take to get on the floor for Painter's program.

"I definitely like to play for a hard-nosed guy like Coach Painter. I love his enthusiasm on defense. He really wants to get after and if you work hard and defend he'll give you freedom on offense; I like to shoot the ball."

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