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– Brandon Brantley, a former captain at Purdue and East Chicago native, joined coach Matt Painter’s staff as an assistant, Purdue announced Wednesday.

“It is definitely a thrill for me to come back to a place that shaped me into the person that I am today and hope that I can be as influential to them as my coaches and support staff were to me when I played here,” Brantley said in a statement.

Brantley fills the spot vacated by Micah Shrewsberry, who left for an assistant job with the Boston Celtics.

Brantley won three Big Ten titles, made three NCAA tournament appearances and one NIT in his four-year career..

He was team captain during the 1995-96 season, when Purdue won a Big Ten Championship and earned a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament.

“Brandon understands what Purdue Basketball is about,” Painter said in the statement. “It’s about passion, emotion, a family atmosphere and a desire to succeed in all aspects at the highest level. Brandon brings all of those things and will be a welcome addition to our staff and program.”

Brantley was most recently a coach for the Eric Gordon All-Stars AAU program’s 16-and-under team.

Bryant McIntosh, a top target for the Boilermakers in 2014, played for the 17-and-under Eric Gordon All-Stars team this summer and got to know Brantley when he helped with the 17s group in July.

“He is a good guy,” McIntosh, a senior at Greensburg, said over text message. “Very passionate about his alma mater and coaching.”

The addition of Brantley to the staff gives Purdue four coaches from Indiana. Greg Gary, Jack Owens and Painter all grew up and played in the state.

“I am very excited to come back to Purdue and have been trying to get to this level for a couple of years,” Brantley said. “It is a blessing to be able to come back and work with this program.”