Tommy Luce

Purdue guard Tommy Luce shoots during the Feb. 5 game against Iowa at Mackey Arena, where the former walk-on became a fan favorite during his career. 

Then-junior Purdue walk-on Tommy Luce walked into the team meeting room just before a summer basketball workout in late-August 2018.

At the time, it seemed like any other film session. He and his teammates sat down in their black, leather seats with the gold "P" stitched onto them, arranged in a half-circle. Head coach Matt Painter sat in a chair on the right side of the room in the back row, opposite Luce.

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