Purdue C Dan Vandervieren Asks for Release

Dan Vandervieren, a 6-foot-10 center from Minnetonka (MN) Hopkins, has asked for a release from Purdue, according to his mother, Deb Millis. Vandervieren averaged 1.7 points and 1.4 rebounds per game as a freshman for the Boilermakers, who finished 22-12, losing to eventual NCAA champion Florida in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Vandervieren is expected to receive his release today.

Dan Vandervieren committed to Purdue in August of 2005 after he saw his stock rise after his strong summer play with the Minnesota Select AAU team. Vandervieren helped lead the Royals to a 30-1 mark and the Minnesota Class AAAA championship as a junior coming off the bench behind Arden Skoglund, who signed with Valparaiso. His strong play in the spring and summer attracted three Big Ten offers and the interest of several other conference teams, including Minnesota.

However, Minnesota was limited with its scholarships and were continuing to evaluate Vandervieren. He received offers from Montana, North Dakota State, Buffalo, Toledo, Youngstown State, Purdue, Illinois State, Albany, Eastern Kentucky, Valparaiso, Utah State, Penn State, Bowling Green and Lipscomb and will likely look at nearby schools such as Northern Iowa and Big Ten schools Iowa State, Kansas State and Missouri.

Vandervieren would have to walk-on if he were to transfer to a Big-10 school, which would make such a move very unlikely, according to Millis.

Vandervieren is the third player to leave the Boilermakers program since the end of the season, joining guard Chris Lutz and center Johnathan Uchendu.

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