Brian Cardinal is a forward from Tolono (Illinois) Unity High
School. Cardinal averaged 25.0 points per game and 12.0 rebounds,
and is described as a deadly three-point shooter. He is a likely red-
shirt candidate, but if Austin, Hairston, Lesmond, and Foster
stuggle with their perimeter shooting, Cardinal will be given an
Cardinal has signed a national letter of intent and will enroll
at Purdue in August.
** Reebok Coca-Cola All-Star Game 4-8-95 Fort Wayne, Indiana
Cardinal finished the game with 6 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists, and
3 steals in 24 minutes. "I know everyone is going to look at the stats
and say 'Man he was like 0 for 15 shooting,' but it doesn't matter," said
Cardinal. "I had a couple of rebounds, a couple of steals, and took a couple
of charges. It doesn't matter how many points I have, I just wanted to have
Cardinal also participated in the three-point shooting contest.
He ended up finishing 3rd, but posted the highest score of the contest,
hitting 9 of 15 including 3 bonus balls. He shot well in the first round,
scoring the contest high 12, but lost the stroke in round two, hitting
only 4 shots. Florida bound Greg Stolt won the contest with a second
round score of 11.
** Reebok Coca Cola All-Star Game 4-15-95 Indianapolis
In a rather hostile environment, mostly IU fans, Cardinal excelled
in his Saturday evening performance in the All-Star game. After being jeered
at times by the mostly Hoosier crowd, and who says Indianapolis is a neutral
court, Cardinal played like a man possessed. After finishing the Fort Wayne
game with 6 points, Cardinal led all scorers with 24 points and 13 rebounds.
Cardinal ended up winning game MVP and impressed the coaches in attendance.
While Purdue coaches tend to value his outside shooting, the coaches in
attendance at Indianapolis commented more on his lane play. Cardinal
followed his shots well, getting three attempts at certain points, posted up
well, and took charges like a Stanback. He is developing a great defensive
game. Most of his point came in the first half, and he only ended up playing
around eight minutes in the second to give the others some playing time.
Additional stats were not available.
** Spiece/AAU Run & Slam All-Star Classic May 5-7 West Lafayette
Cardinal put together a solid performance in the tournament against
some of the top players in the nation. Seeing him in person, I can see
how coaches are impressed with his lane play. He rebounds very well and
has a good feeling for position under the basket. I saw the Friday game
and he was impressive with an all around good game. However, I did not
see the Saturday morning game against St. Stevens, and he wasn't on the
roster for the final Saturday game against Cincy AAU. His team finished
3-0 and won a few games in the tournament late Saturday and Sunday.
Unfortunately, the stats are somewhat lacking...I assumed they would be
kept a little better, or I would have taken them myself.
6-12-95...The possibility of Cardinal redshirting was partially cleared
up today in an interview with assistant coach Jay Price. Coach Price said
the coaching staff is still worried about perimeter offense. He made a
comment that Austin, Lesmond, and Cardinal would be looked at to fill the need.
He said the rotation would likely involve 10-12 players. Price said, "I
think you will see that the three incoming freshmen really have to contribute."
Date FG FGA FT FTA 3PM 3PA RB AS ST PTS
4-08-95 1 7 4 6 0 4 8 2 3 6
4-15-95 13 24
5-05-95 6 11 3 5 2 3 9 1 21 Won 83-47
5-06-95 1 3 1 8 Won 99-49
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