Minnoy's departure was quite unexpected and announced mere weeks from the season tip-off. The Boilers went on to have one of the best turn-around seasons returning to the NCAA tournament and losing to defending champ Florida in the second round. Minnoy's photo was even on the promotional material mailed to the Boiler faithful and a banner - albeit misspelled - hung on Mackey Arena putting Minnoy on par with All Big Ten players David Teague and Carl Landry.
Needless to say, the puzzle of Minnoy's departure after a season shortened by a torn MCL began to unravel at the speed of conjecture. Turns out Nate wasn't too happy with new coach Matt Painter's demands that he shed pounds. Some reports say up to 20 lbs. needed to be dropped to stay in Painter's good graces. Minnoy, not feeling up to the rigors of being in shape for a division one team decided instead to feed the fans a line about "another direction."
His first new direction took him to Schoolcraft Junior College this season. Not too shocking enough, word's out today that Minnoy has committed to play for coach Ernie Zeigler and the Central Michigan Chippewas who went 13-18 this year in the MAC.
Don't think ole Nate was disingenuous when he talked about moving "in another direction." Sure he stuck with collegiate basketball, the midwest, and even eventually came back to D-I. But suddenly Nate's grown 2 inches yet remained the svelt 270 lbs.
Let's go on a little stat walk.
- In 2004, Minnoy's senior year at Hales Franciscan High School he was listed as 6' 3" and 230 lbs.
- Then during his season at Purdue he was still 6' 3" but ballooned up to 270 lbs.
- Upon arrival at Schoolcraft he's still listed as 6' 3" and 270 lbs.
- After three years of consistent height, the 20 year old Minnoy is touted as being 6' 5" and still 270 lbs. I think Nate's fibbing. Don't believe me? Take a look at this photo of Minnoy standing next to Mott Community College's Terrence Watson, also listed as 6' 5" but Watson seems to be about 2 inches taller.
Perhaps that bastion of journalism, the Morning Sun, simply made a mistake and gave Minnoy the extra inches. Either way, that would be the second largest mistake surrounding this story. Coach Zeigler - also a Schoolcraft alum - must have fallen for it or not mind having one of his guards outweigh his centers by 15, 20, and 40 pounds.
Transfer if you want out. Just don't lie about it.
Oh, here'a link to Nate's mySpace. At least he's still friends with his former Purdue teammates. It will take some work to get his former fans into his top 24 though.