Micah Shrewsberry is coming back to his home state.
Shrewsberry is leaving the Boston Celtics to accept the job as Purdue’s associate head men’s basketball coach.
Shrewsberry, 42, coached at Purdue under Matt Painter from 2011-13 before leaving to join Brad Stevens with the Celtics in 2013. An Indianapolis native and former Cathedral High standout, Shrewsberry worked under Stevens at Butler from 2008-11 and was on the bench for both of Butler’s Final Four runs.
Shrewsberry will replace Greg Gary, who left his job as a Purdue assistant to take over the head coaching job at Mercer.
The Celtics' season came to an end with a 116-91 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Conference semifinals Wednesday night. Last month, Stevens was asked about Shrewsberry when the Celtics faced the Indiana Pacers in the opening round of the NBA playoffs. Stevens praised Shrewsberry’s knowledge of the game and ability to relate to players.
“He’s a really good communicator,” Stevens said. “He knows how to get things communicated, quickly and succinctly.”
BOILERS LAND FOUR-STAR COMMIT
Purdue landed a commitment from a top-50 national prospect in the Class of 2020 on Thursday night.
Ethan Morton, a 6-foot-4 small forward from Butler, Pa., announced his pledge over Twitter.
“Thanks for Coach (Matt) Painter, the Purdue staff and the Purdue family for accepting me and my family,” Morton wrote in his announcement.
Morton picked Purdue over a final five that included Oregon, Penn State, Miami (Ohio) and UAB.
A four-star prospect, Morton is currently ranked as the 12th-best small forward and 42nd nationally in 247.com’s national rankings.
In its analysis of Morton, ESPN.com wrote: “Ethan is a small forward who passes the ball and sees the game as a point guard. When he is on the floor, his team has great ball movement just because of his understanding of the game. He can really get his teammates good shots at a high level.”
Morton joins 6-2 shooting guard Jaden Ivey as the second commitment in Purdue’s 2020 class.