Brantley joins Purdue staff

Former Boilermaker Brandon Brantley has been hired to Purdue's staff, the school announced on Wednesday.

With experienced veterans already on staff, Purdue coach Matt Painter was able to be creative in finding a replacement for Micah Shrewsberry. Painter went a route not many would have predicted, hiring former Boilermaker captain Brandon Brantley to his staff.

"We are excited about Brandon joining our staff. He has worked very hard to stay in and around the game after a successful career overseas," Painter said in a statement. "As a three-time Big Ten champion as a player, he brings a wealth of experience in understanding what it takes to be successful at the highest level. I am confident he can teach and mentor our players into well-rounded student-athletes in a first-class manner."

Brantley played for the Boilermakers in the mid-1990s and was part of three NCAA Tournament teams. He played in 129 games and posted 803 points, 591 rebounds and 114 blocks during his prominent career. For what Brantley boasts in Purdue history, he lacks in collegiate coaching experience. His only coaching experience comes at the AAU and high school level.

Brantley takes the role of Micah Shrewsberry, who left Purdue's coaching staff after two seasons to join the Boston Celtics as an assistant. Painter considered several candidates for the job, including names like former Boilermaker Brian Cardinal to Valparaiso's Roger Powell. In the end, he gave a chance to Brantley, a decorated Purdue basketball name.

"This is a great opportunity to learn from and coach with one of the best coaching staffs in America. I am very excited to come back to Purdue and have been trying to get to this level for a couple of years. It is a blessing to be able to come back and work with this program," said Brantley in the statement. "I am coming in as the rookie, so I am going to soak up all I can and learn from them. This is the best situation I can be in and thank Coach Painter and his experienced staff for this opportunity."

As a coach, Brantley brings a great knowledge of the game and his experience as a former Purdue player will relate well to the current team. It's a creative hire from Painter, but it appears to be a good one.

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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