Basil Smotherman’s return is coming a bit later than initially planned.
Purdue men’s basketball coach Matt Painter announced Wednesday that Smotherman, a 6-foot-6 redshirt junior forward, is suspended for the regular-season opener against McNeese State, as well as two other competitions, because of a “violation of team rules.”
Per a university release, Painter noted that Smotherman’s suspension extended to the Boilermakers’ exhibition opener against Southern Indiana on November 1 and a closed-door scrimmage against West Virginia.
“We have suspended Basil for our first three competitions for a violation of team rules,” Painter said in the release. “We hold our players to high standards and when they don’t meet those standards, there will be consequences. Basil knows he made a mistake and will learn from it.”
Smotherman, a 222-pound slasher out of Indianapolis, redshirted last season and is the lone returnee from the recruiting class of 2013. The forward averaged 18.9 minutes, 5.0 points and 3.8 rebounds per game in 2013-14, numbers that dipped to 12.9, 2.7 and 1.8, respectively, in ’14-15. He’s now scheduled to make his debut against Villanova, the reigning national champion, on November 14.
While Painter declined to elaborate on the reason for the suspension, based on this tweet from earlier in the week …
I’m paying all my tithes, receivin bad news
— Basil Smotherman (@bas_is_ill) July 12, 2016
… Smotherman might’ve known something not-so-good was coming down the pike.