WEST LAFAYETTE—Across the street from his temporary office, Matt Painter can see the future build before him.
The construction on a bigger and better Mackey Arena complex continues across the street, one that will bring new basketball practice courts, weight rooms, and some better concourses and seats for fans in the arena.
Plus a new office for Painter, of course, which is the reason why the men's basketball headquarters have been moved to the press box at Ross Ade Stadium temporarily. It was expected construction when the project was announced in 2007, but some unexpected construction might come for Painter in a few days.
True JaJuan Johnson and E'Twaun Moore put their names in for the NBA Draft back in April, but their true decision date comes Saturday at 5 P.M.. That's when the two must decide whether to hire and agent, or to return back to school.
"They're trying to gather some more information from scouts," said Painter as to what he's heard from the two as of early Thursday afternoon. "Once they get that information they can make an educated decision."
While that could be a decision worth millions of dollars to the players, it is worth a significant amount to the near future of Boilersmakers basketball. Moore led the team in scoring with 16.4 points per game in 2009-2010 while Johnson had 15.5 points and a team-high 7.1 rebounds a game for a team that reached the Sweet 16.
Those two, along with senior forward Robbie Hummel figured to make Purdue a legitimate national championship contender, but without them would leave Painter with a significant gap to fill.
But while such consequence comes in on his end, Painter has chosen to back off during the process, instead letting the two explore their options without any pressure to return.
"I think it's best just to give them there space give them their time," said Painter of the decision process.
As of Thursday no formal announcement had been planned by Purdue University concerning the two players or when they may be available for comment.