Brian CardinalAssistant Director
John Purdue Club
Brian Cardinal joined the John Purdue Club staff in 2011. Brian was a key member of the Boilermaker men's basketball team from 1996 to 2000, earning team Most Valuable Player honors as a senior. The consummate image of a Gene Keady-coached player, Brian was a four-time recipient of the Ray Eddy "Mr. Hustle" Award, given annually to the Boilermaker who displays the greatest amount of determination, drive and leadership. He set the school record with 259 career steals to go with 1,584 points and 749 rebounds. He earned his bachelor's degree in management.
Following his playing days at Purdue, Brian enjoyed a 12-year career in the NBA with the Detroit Pistons, Washington Wizards, Golden State Warriors, Memphis Grizzlies, Minnesota Timberwolves and Dallas Mavericks. He was a member of the 2011 NBA champion Mavericks. The basketball practice court in the Mackey Arena Complex is named for Brian and his wife, Danielle (Bird), a member of the Purdue 1999 national championship women's basketball team.