Grady Eifert heard the doubters. He's heard them since high school. He was a walk-on. Now he's a two-time Big Ten champ.
On Saturday, Eifert helped his Purdue Boilermakers wrap up an improbable regular season conference title with a win at Northwestern. It's the program's second championship in three years, and its 24th all-time. Eifert, a Bishop Dwenger grad, is averaging over five points and five rebounds per game for the Boilermakers as a senior.
"It almost makes it more special because of all the doubters that we had," Eifert said after the win on Saturday. "We lost four seniors and everyone goes 'oh this is a rebuilding year; they're not going to make the tournament.' Those are the things that fueled us. I mean, if you can win a Big Ten championship in your rebuilding year, I think you're doing something special."
Eifert and his Boilers will be the two-seed in the upcoming B1G tournament, which begins on Wednesday.