Dakota Mathias arrived at Purdue reputedly as a lights-out shooter. Mathias’ Boilermaker career certainly lends credence to that reputation. Mathias is a career 41% shooter from beyond the three-point line. Thus far in his career, he’s made 225 three-pointers, just 18 short of E’twaun Moore’s record for the most in school history.
While Mathias’ shooting ability has never been in question, his athleticism and ability to defend were questioned early in his career. Mathias even stated on Big Ten Network’s “The Journey” that he was often the weak link, defensively, early in his career. Rather than allowing his limitations to define him, Mathias went to work.
Mathias’ work ethic transformed him as a player. Mathias evolved into Purdue’s go-to defender and a superb passer in addition to his outside shooting ability. Mathias has a career assist to turnover mark of 2.65:1 good for third in Purdue history. He routinely draws the opponent’s best player as his defensive assignment.
Like the other members of Purdue’s senior class, Dakota Mathias exudes substance over style. He isn’t a flashy player, he’s effective. Mathias affects games in Purdue’s favor. As a senior Mathias is averaging 12.0 points and 4.5 assists per game and shooting 46% from beyond the arc.
Boilermaker fans get to see The Midwest Cowboy, as Mathias is known, just two more times in Mackey Arena. Purdue fans are hoping to continue seeing him in a Boilermaker uniform into April.
Statistics obtained through purduesports.com