Purdue impresses Dakich

Zionsville (Ind.) High School standout Andrew Dakich visited Purdue for its Wednesday contest with No. 7 Michigan. The point guard, mulling a Boilermaker walk-on spot, discusses his experience and upcoming decision in this Boiler Sports Report update.

A former Indiana team captain and coach, Dan Dakich will forever be a Hoosier fan favorite. But on Wednesday night, Dakich proudly donned the hat of rival Purdue while watching the Boilermakers battle Michigan at Mackey Arena.

Dakich was on hand with his son, Andrew, a senior point guard for Zionsville (Ind.) High School whom holds an offer to walk on with the Boilermakers.

"He has nothing against Purdue," Andrew said of his father. "He would not mind me going to Purdue, as long as I'm happy and he's happy. He like what Purdue's doing. But it could be a big deal to all the Hoosier fans."

While Dan Dakich was often jeered by Purdue fans as he walked through the concourse, Andrew was given first-rate treatment.

Upon arriving at Mackey Arena, Dakich was greeted by Purdue head coach Matt Painter, and the two spent time talking together.

"He was straightforward," said Dakich of Painter. "He said to wait it out and he wants me to come back up after the season is done and finished, then we'll go from there."

Dakich watched an exciting game, which had No. 7 Michigan prevail over Purdue. However, the young Boilermakers gave quite the battle, showing glimpses of a bright future. Dakich took notice of the effort on the court, though the in-game environment in Mackey Arena stands out over all else.

"The game was awesome, the atmosphere was awesome, everyone was really nice to me," Dakich said. "I had a great visit."

The decision for Dakich remains up in the air. In addition to his Purdue walk-on offer, he has a walk-on spot available at Butler, and is also considering several prep schools, too.

"It was exciting to see Purdue," he said. "It's Big Ten basketball—there's nothing better than that. I went to a game at Butler as well. I like both [head] coaches and both coaching staffs; they've both been great. It's all in the air right now."

Dakich anticipates he'll make a college selection at the end of the season. For now, he continues to evaluate each option.

Chris Emma has covered recruiting, college athletics and professional baseball for FOX Sports Next since 2009. Emma covered the Nebraska Cornhuskers and Northwestern Wildcats, and currently covers the Purdue Boilermakers. A Chicago native, he resides in West Lafayette.
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