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Purdue Men's Basketball Recruiting

BJ Carretta

	High School			Fort Wayne Dwenger, IN
	Height and Weight		6'3" 185lbs
	Position			Point Guard/Wing Guard
	Rankings			---
	Academically Eligible		Yes
	Status				Invited Walk-on  

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5-4-96...A recent J&C article called Carretta "Determined. Aggressive. Hard-nosed. Unselfish." But don't expect to hear comments from coach Keady just yet. Since Carretta is a walk-on, he doesn't have to sign a national letter of intent to play for Purdue. Therefore, he is still recruitable and the Purdue coaching staff is unable to comment on him until he graduates high school. Although Keady could not comment on Carretta, Carretta had plenty to say about Keady. "When you play for coach Keady, you're rewarded for hard work," Carretta said last Wednesday night. "From what I've perceived, it doesn't matter if you're a walk-on or a scholarship player." Former Boiler Kip Jones, who is an assistant coach at Dwenger, recommended Carretta to Keady, which got the ball rolling on Purdue's end. Then, former Boiler Matt Painter spoke favorably to Dwenger head coach Chris Johnson about Carretta's division I abilities. " We were kind of a mirror image of Purdue," said Johnson. "We produce wins by hard work, playing good defense and dedicating ourselves to the team. All that will go with BJ into Purdue's program." That and a good amount of skill. "He's a hard-nosed kid who won't back down from anybody." added Johnson. "He's not going to let anybody but coach Keady tell him that he's not going to play somewhere. He didn't worry about scoring, he worried about wins and loses. I think Gene Keady is getting a pretty good player." 5-1-96...More information has revealed that Carretta turned down scholarship offers from Toledo and Wisconsin-Green Bay to play for a more nationally known program. "I had my own philosophy," Carretta said, "either take my shot at the big time -- the Big Ten, Big East or ACC -- or just not play." Coaching was the key reason Carretta chose Purdue over Indiana and Missouri. "It's a winning program, just what I perceived," Carretta added. "There isn't a better coach around than Coach Keady. If you work hard and it shows, you get rewarded." 4-30-96...The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette says B.J. Carretta of Bishop Dwenger high school will attend Purdue as an invited walk-on. All B.J. Carretta wanted was a chance to be part of a nationally known basketball program. Even if he didn't get to play much. Even if he and his family had to pay his way to get there. Carretta, the 6'3" guard who led Bishop Dwenger to the elite eight of the high school basketball tournament, announced Monday that he would attend Purdue. Carretta was also recruited by Indiana, and was also getting interest from Missouri. Carretta reportedly met with coach Keady last Friday. A story of the announcement also appeared in the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel.

Single Game Statistics

DATE FG FGA FT FTA 3PM 3PA RB AS ST PTS ---------------------------------------------------- 06-12-96 4 5 2 2 1 2 3 3 3 11 Won 103- Spiece 62

Season to Date Statistics

Season thru PPG FG% FT% 3P% RPG APG SPG BPG RECORD RANK ---------------------------------------------------------------- 95-96 season 19.8 4.0 6.0 22-4 --

Awards and Honors

95-96 season Hoosier Basketball Top40 Senior Team Associated Press All-State 3rd Team Indiana Basketball Coaches Association All-State 3rd Team Summit Conference Championship

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