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Former Purdue Stars Reflect on Historic Final Four Run

Former Purdue Stars Reflect on Historic Final Four Run
Former Purdue Stars Reflect on Historic Final Four Run

Former Purdue Players Celebrate Historic Final Four Berth

Drake Morris (Class of '81)

Drake Morris, who played on Purdue's 1980 Final Four team, witnessed the recent triumph over Tennessee firsthand. He praised the current team's resilience and the development of Zach Edey's post play. Morris acknowledged that this era is different, but he believes this team can go further than his did.

Roy Hairston (Class of '96)

Roy Hairston, who once played alongside current Purdue assistant Brandon Brantley, watched the game while cleaning his garage. He was particularly impressed by the team's composure under pressure and the contributions of Braden Smith and Fletcher Loyer. Hairston also expressed his joy for Coach Matt Painter and his former coach Gene Keady.

Cuonzo Martin (Class of '95)

Cuonzo Martin, now head coach at Missouri State, was present at the game but had to leave early to catch a flight. However, he kept track of the progress via updates and was relieved to not witness the final tense minutes in person. Martin drew parallels to his own coaching experiences and expressed his confidence in Purdue's future success.

D.J. Byrd (Class of '13)

D.J. Byrd, a former Purdue player and graduate assistant, plans to attend the Final Four in Arizona. He praised Coach Painter's dedication and the team's culture. Byrd expressed his gratitude for the opportunity to witness the team's journey, having experienced both triumphs and setbacks during his own time at Purdue.

Greg Eifert (Class of '84)

Greg Eifert watched the game from a condo in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Despite noise complaints, he and his family celebrated the victory with enthusiasm. Eifert, who played for Purdue from 1980-84, praised the team's role players and the leadership of Matt Painter. He also mentioned the possibility of attending the Final Four in person.

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