Where Are They Now? - The Worst Year Ever Edition
Sometimes it helps you appreciate where you are by looking at where you aren't. During Matt Painter's first season as head coach in 2005-2006, he was left with a mediocre team at best, and a hodgepodge of misfits at worst. Add in season-long injury red-shirts to the team's two best players (Carl Landry and David Teague, I still love you!), and Painter was left with a squad of guys who would have failed the Wonderlic test or who tried their darnedest but just weren't that good at playing basketball.
To start off our walk down traumatizing memory lane, let's begin with the team's leading scorer, Matt "I'd rather be doing my engineering homework" Kiefer.
You kind of feel bad for the guy that his senior season went down the way it did, having to serve as your team's main offensive threat due to injury when you'd rather have cleaned up misses around the rim and played hard-nosed defense against more skilled big men in the league. But like the frequent tragedy of Purdue athletics, his luck sucked.
Instead, Kiefer averaged a team-high 12 points per game (ouch!), led the team in steals (27), blocks (30), and rebounds (209), while also dishing out the second-most assists (49). No other player even had 100 rebounds all season. This man could do it all (because no one else was good enough to do much of anything else)!
So where is he now? After graduating with an impressive degree in Chemical Engineering, Kiefer floated around the Euro leagues, most notably in Germany and Spain. He must have really enjoyed some paella, as he played for five different Spanish league teams until 2010 when he mysteriously quit (I can't speak Google Translatorese).
Now Kiefer is an engineering consultant with a pharmaceutical firm in Chicago. You should totally thank him for his years as a Boilermaker by connecting with him on LinkedIn.
One thing Kiefer was always great at: making scary faces! That's probably why he switched teams so frequently in Spain - the villagers chased him out of town with pitchforks and torches.