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Here's an interesting stat that tells all about Brian Cardinal: At 6-8 and 230 pounds, he finished his career as Purdue's all-time leader in steals. How could a man so big be nimble enough to pick off more passes and tap away more balls than anyone in Purdue's storied basketball history? It's called hustle, and Cardinal will ride that skill all the way to the NBA. Cardinal went out in style his senior season, leading the Boilermakers in scoring (13.9), rebounding (6.3) and steals (65). He was chosen Purdue's MVP and second-team All-Big Ten. In addition, he was given the Play Hard Award (which combines steals, charges taken, loose balls gathered in, blocked shots, rebounds and assists). He also became the only player in Purdue history to win the Mr. Hustle award (given to players with great determination, drive and leadership) and Courage award (charges taken) for four straight years. Cardinal can do more than scrap: He's got a decent 3-point stroke and finished second on the team with 71 assists. He made a strong showing in postseason NBA tryout camps. Look for him to go in the first round.
Senior SeasonNamed second-team All-Big Ten
Purdue's career leader in steals (259)
Is one of just six players in the history of Purdue basketball who have scored at least 1,000 points, grabbed 500 rebounds and recorded 200 steals
Missed two games this season after breaking a bone in his left thumb
Led the Boilermakers in scoring (13.9) and steals (65)
Lost to Wisconsin in the Elite Eight
Junior SeasonNamed third team All Big Ten
Led the team is steals (78) and assists (82)
Tied the school record with seven steals against South Carolina
Scored only five points as Purdue lost to Temple in the Sweet 16
Sophomore SeasonThird team All-Big Ten
Played in a school-record 36 games
Purdue lost to Stanford in the Sweet 16
Played on the Goodwill Games team which won the gold medal in New York City
Freshman SeasonOne of three players to start all 30 games for the Boilermakers
Purdue lost to Kansas in the second round of the NCAAs
NotablesPurdue has not had a player picked in the first round since Glenn Robinson in '94
Ranked as one of the top 100 HS seniors in the nation
His father, Rod, is the men's basketball trainer for Illinois
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