You can't have a do-everything player on any basketball team, but Mason Gillis is one exception. The junior forward averaged 21.6 points, 11.5 rebounds, and 2.3 assists per game in his junior season, and helped lead New Castle to a Class 3A Regional title. He shot 59.5 percent from the field and made over 40 percent of his 3-point attempts as a junior. His only injury was a knee injury, which limited him to one game. Now fully recovered, he'll have four years of competition at Purdue starting in the 2020-21 season. He verbally committed to the Boilermakers on June 24, 2018, and is ranked No. 132 in the world by Rivals. Mason Gillis: The 6-6, 215-pound small forward has started every game this season since he returned from his suspension for a DUI, minor in possession of alcohol, and disobeying a traffic signal. His quiet, unassuming nature has gotten him a starting role.
However, once Caleb Furst returns, Gillis will most likely take a bench role. The sophomore guard is averaging 9.7 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 27.0 minutes per game. He has been an integral part of the Boiler basketball team this season. His efficiency has earned him an honorary Indiana All-Star status. With his versatile skill set, he should contribute in a variety of roles, from shooting guard to center.