After spending the first three seasons of his Purdue career on the bench, Ryan Cline is finally emerging as one of the key components in the Purdue lineup. That is thanks to Rapheal Davis ans P.J. Thompson out of the way, finally allowing Cline to perform.
We saw bits of this coming last year as Cline stepped up when given more minutes. On December 3rd with a season-high 25 minutes, Ryan scored 13 points on 5 for 7 shooting. That same level of play has converted over well to the starting lineup for Cline.
He played a critical role against Marian, leading the team with 23 points. When Carsen Edwards struggled, Cline stepped up. In the season opener against Fairfield, Cline finished with 13 points and 8 assists. Ryan Cline was there for the Boilers when they needed point guard production.
Cline is just as excited as the rest of us for his new key role:
“It was pretty comfortable,” said Cline. “It was nothing I didn’t already have the mindset for. … There were just a lot of other guys ahead of me.
“Now it’s my turn to have the green light.”
Now it’s obviously too early in the season to start making assumptions, but it seems as if Ryan Cline is going to have a big year for Purdue. Especially when opponents will be double-teaming Carsen Edwards considerably.