See I'm not giving up on the pure big man. I actually think as the game changes that this could be an interesting strategy. Most young bigs no longer have the skill sets to be effective as low post big men due to the changes. What if they did though.
Could you compete with the new style by going big and working the post/ banging down low relentlessly along with crashing the boards hard? I think it can be done still and would like to see teams try it with the right group. Purdue is like this a bit and I think that's why I like them/ think they will be a tough out.
At the very least I think having a guy with that skill set can be useful even if it's off the bench. Gives you something different and creates more balance and versailtility which is good for a roster. We shall see.