The OldGold Purdue Sports Net: SEARCH | PRIVACY | COPYRIGHT | DISCLAIMER | CONTACT | LINK EX | DONATE | ADVERTISE
Celebrating 20 years on the Internet in March of 2015 !
Boiler UP!
Hammer Down!
Covering Boilermaker
Athletics since 1995!
Current Site Visitors Online:
28 visitors
OldGoldFreePress.com
HOME
BASKETBALL
MENS HOOPS MAIN
RECRUITING (M)
BOILERS IN THE PROS
WOMEN HOOPS MAIN
RECRUITING (W)
FORUMS
FOOTBALL
FOOTBALL MAIN
RECRUITING
FORUMS
OLYMPIC SPORTS
VOLLEYBALL
SPORTS NEWS
SPORTS NEWS
SPORTS NEWS (FACEBOOK)
COLUMNISTS
SPORTS NEWS ARCHIVE
BLOGS
The Purdue 'BBB'
Brad's Boilermaker Blog
PURDUE FORUMS
MENS HOOPS
WOMENS HOOPS
FOOTBALL
FOOTBALL RECRUITING
TICKET BOARD
OLYMPIC SPORTS
COMMENTS, IDEAS,
and/or SUGGESTIONS
BIG TEN LINKS
BIG TEN SPORTS FORUMS
BIG TEN MEDIA
BIG TEN NEWSPAPERS
SPECIAL FEATURES
10 TICKETS
PURDUE PREDICTIONS
OLD GOLD STORE
JOHN PURDUE CLUB

 

OLD GOLD FREE PRESS
Purdue Men's Basketball Recruiting

Adam Wetzel

        School and Year (1998-99)       Keokuk HS, IA - Senior
        Height and Weight               6'9  250lbs
        Position                        Center/Big Forward
        98-99 Ratings                   
        Academically Eligible           Yes
        Status                          Signed Purdue


Player Summary · Player News · Game Stats · Season Stats · Honors

Player Summary

Adam Wetzel is a 6'9 1/2 center from Keokuk High in Iowa. Tipping the scales at 250-pounds, Wetzel fit Purdue's need for a wide body. Coaches say Wetzel is agile around the basket and runs the floor well for a 250-pound player. He has a wide wingspan which helps his post defense, but he does need more defensive training to be successful in the Big Ten. His defense has improved at the hands of Keokuk head coach Dave Hall, who has coached at Ball State and Illinois State. Until his senior season, Wetzel had only player zome defense for Class 2A Red Oaks. Upon his transfer to 3A Keokuk, Wetzel had to learn man-to-man, Hall's dominant defensive scheme. Wetzel is expected to gain even more weight on Purdue's strength and conditioning program when he arrives in West Lafayette this summer. His coach says it is not out of the question for Wetzel to be able to pack on 20-30 more pounds of muscle. He is a mobile wide-bosy with long arms, favorably compared to former Boiler centers Jim Rowinski, Steven Scheffler and Brad Miller. Wetzel averaged 13.4 points and 7 boards for 25-2 Keokuk High, who made their second-consecutive trip to the Iowa state tournament finals. Keokuk finished #2 in the Associated Press' final 98-99 poll. Keokuk also won their conference with a perfect 18-0 record. Their only loss in 98-99 was to Notre Dame in Quincy Illinois. Averaging 17.1 points and 7.5 boards, Red Oaks High finished a disappointing 9-10 on the season. Adam is the school leader in blocks with 266 over his career. Wetzel announced he had signed with Purdue on April 16, 1999.

Current Player News

5-15-99...For a peek into the high school game of Adam Wetzel, check out the following links to stories from the Iowa Media. There is a link to a story where Wetzel scored 33 points in a senior all-star game in March and was named the MVP. The final link also tells of how Purdue became interested in Wetzel. Bloodhounds seek to defend league titles No. 1 Chiefs keep rolling Southeast Conference thriller No. 2 Keokuk rolls past Grayhounds Keokuk opens tourney by beating Fort Madison Keokuk downs Panthers No. 2 Keokuk shoots for return trip to state No. 2 Keokuk relies on balance Keokuk set for state Keokuk hangs on for victory Chiefs' Wetzel reaches potential Keokuk to face Knights Keokuk finish No. 2 in state tournament Wetzel scores 33 in All-Star competition Wetzel headed to Purdue 4-21-99...Here's an article from the Hawkeye in Iowa, featuring some quotes from Adam's coach (caution...website has been very slow in loading). 4-17-99...Purdue has signed Adam Wetzel to an athletic scholarship. 4-16-99...Mark Ambrogi of the Indy Star has a new article up with quotes from Keady on Wetzel, which must mean Wetzel has already signed his letter of intent. The article talks about Wetzel's desire to look at other options, a decision that led him to Purdue. WLFI reported Thursday that Adam Wetzel will announce on Friday. Wetzel will meet with his coach at Keokuk High to announce his decision. Also on the news this evening was footage of Wetzel. Although game highlights are deceiving, it does appear Wetzel is quick around the basket and fairly athletic. 4-15-99...6'9 center Adam Wetzel has scheduled a news conference for this afternoon, when he is expected to announce he has signed with Purdue. 4-13-99...Early this morning rumors started to come in about a 6'9 Iowa senior who would officially visit Purdue. As the day went along, the kid was identified as 6'9 250-pound Keokuk High center Adam Wetzel. Wetzel had already given Dayton a verbal committment, but decided to check out Purdue before he makes anything official. Early this morning, the Dayton Daily News broke the story and fans began hearing the news on Dayton radio staions. Purdue made contact late last week and set up the official visit which will be today and Wednesday. This past Monday, Wetzel informed Dayton coach Oliver Purnell he was going to take a look at Purdue. Wetzel has been looked at by many Big 12 and Big 10 schools over his career, but only received solid early offers from Dayton, Northeastern and Northern Iowa. As it is in the late signing period, some big name schools came knocking when their recruiting options began to narrow, one reason why Wetzel did not immediately sign a national letter of intent for Dayton last week when the signing period began. It is not surprising that Purdue would start digging for a wide-body after juco center Julius Hicks verballed to Oregon and 6'11 Andy Slocum had narrowed his choices to eliminate Purdue. Slocum verballed to Texas A&M today. Wetzel averaged 13.4 points, 7 boards and 3.5 blocked shots for the 25-2 Keokuk Chiefs. Keokuk made their second straight trip to the state championship this year, finishing second in the tournament and second in the state Associated Press poll. Keokuk head coach Dave Hall was an assistant at Ball State under Majerus and also coached at Illinois State. An AAU coach I know from Iowa had this to say this evening about Wetzel..."He's the kind of player you need to make a serious championship run. He does all the dirty work. I was most impressed this year with his athletic ability. You don't think a 250 pound kid can get up and down the court like he can. His wingspan helps him defend well and he's a solid rebounder. A team like you have with a good combination of forwards plays to his strengths. He has the potential to really develop, but is already a solid role player. Coachable from what I've heard." It is possible Wetzel could end up honoring his Dayton verbal, which happened just a week ago, but the mutual interest between Wetzel and Purdue is encouraging news.

Single Game Statistics

DATE MIN FG FGA FT FTA 3P 3PA RB A B S PTS -------------------------------------------------- 03-28-99 16 22 1 2 0 1 12 33 Tie 106- White Team AS 106 03-12-99 2 4 4 6 7 3 8 Lost 61- Assumption 70 03-19-99 6 8 1 1 0 0 3 13 Won 75- Algona 41 03-18-99 4 5 0 0 8 Won 55 W Delaware 52 03-05-99 5 7 3 4 5 13 Won 59- Mount Pleasant 42 03-02-99 4 4 2 2 5 10 Won 57- Fort Madison 35 02-26-99 5 2 4 12 Won 76- Muscatine 62 02-17-99 4 0 0 8 Won 70- Davis County 53 02-13-99 6 1 1 13 Won 80- Washington 55 02-03-99 5 6 3 4 13 Won 69- Burlington 53 01-31-99 11 2 2 24 Won 84- Centerville 35 01-30-99 5 7 6 9 17 Won 74- Fort Madison 67 01-24-99 5 2 4 12 Won 79- Oskaloosa 59 01-19-99 8 4 7 20 Won 101- Carthage 53 01-16-99 5 2 3 12 Won 78- Fairfield 61 12-19-98 9 10 0 0 9 18 Won 66- Mount Pleasant 33 12-05-98 6 4 5 16 Won 76- Pleasant Valley 67 12-02-98 3 0 0 6 Won 73- Hamilton 40

Season to Date Statistics

Season thru PPG FG% FT% 3P% RPG APG SPG BPG RECORD RANK ------------------------------------------------------------------ 98-99 season 13.4 .720 .722 7.0 3.5 25-2 #2 97-98 season 17.1 7.5 3.4 9-10

Awards and Honors

98-99 season Southeast Conference First Team 3A All-State Honorable Mention (Iowa Newspaper Assoc) Iowa Top40 All-Star game All-Area First Team (The Hawk Eye) Blue-White All-Star Game MVP

As news organizations move their stories to an archive, some of the links listed above may become inactive

OldGoldFreePress COLUMNISTS
OGFP_Staff -Career Blocked Shots Rankings
Bob_Richards -Women's Recruiting Update: Liza Clemons No. 1
Steve -Opponent #11: University of Wisconsin
MDC -NCAA: (5 seed) Purdue 76 - (4 seed) Washington 74
Capri_Small -Purdue 76, Western Illinois 44
Jimmy_D - Gazing into the Crystal Bubble, Part III: SEC / Big Ten / PAC 10
Brad_Jewell -Introducing Purdue Sports News via Facebook
Bob_Sienicki -Nike Camp: Elena Delle Donne Interview
Bob_Sternvogel -Nike Camp Report #1 (Sparks and Monarchs)
Guest_Columnist -Gazing into the Crystal Bubble, Part III: The SEC/Big Ten/PAC 10
Others -Purdue Sports Info
 
Current Site Visitors Online:
28 visitors

Share Share

 
OldGoldFreePress.com is organized & maintained by a group of college sports reporters with the help of Purdue sports fans everywhere. OldGoldFreePress.com is an independent and unofficial Purdue (+ Big Ten Conference/NCAA) sports news site that is not affiliated with Purdue University, the Big Ten Conference, the NCAA and/or any university athletic program.

Current Site Visitors Online:
28 visitors

Share Share

© OldGoldFreePress.com 1995-2014