The Knox Indy Pro Am got off to a spectacular start Thursday with the inaugural Indiana-Purdue alumni game.
While this is the fifth year of the event, this is the first year former Hoosiers and Boilermakers have met in the Pro Am, and fans came out in large numbers to Cardinal Ritter High School to see some of their favorite college stars once again.
“Anytime we play against IU, the competitive juices hit the floor. I think it is all fun, everybody is having a good time, playing against some guys we played against our four years at our university. It’s kinda good to relive some of the moments, ” said former Purdue star JaJuan Johnson.
Fans of defense were likely disappointed with the contest as the IU Alumni team jumped out to an 80-74 lead at halftime. The Purdue All-Stars rallied in the second half to pull out a 110-106 victory.
David Teague led Purdue with 35 points, while Johnson added 32 and 15 rebounds. D.J. White led the IU alumni squad with 23 points and 10 rebounds.
Most of the players on the court Thursday are playing professionally overseas. Johnson played one season with the Boston Celtics and spent time last season in the NBDL with the Ft Wayne Mad Ants, the Canton Charge, and the Idaho Stampede.
While Johnson has yet to decide his professional plans for next season, others, like Jordan Hulls are signed and have a team for the upcoming season.
“I’m real excited to get out there, I leave August 18th, a good opportunity for me to get out there, and get acclimated ” said Hulls, who will play his first professional season in Poland.
The Knox Indy Pro Am continues next Thursday with the high-profile 8:00 PM game featuring the Knox Indy Pro Am All-Stars against the Jamal Crawford All-Stars.