Isaac Haas told reporters Thursday that he will try to play for Purdue in the NCAA Tournament after receiving a new elbow brace designed by the university’s engineering students.
Haas fractured his right elbow last Friday after a fall in the first round of the tournament and initially was ruled out for the season. Even if Haas feels healthy enough, he would need to have the brace approved by the NCAA before he takes the court again in a game. He told reporters that he would practice in the brace Thursday and hopefully be able to contribute for Purdue against third-seeded Texas Tech on Friday (9:57 p.m. ET, TBS) in Boston.
Isaac Haas shows off new brace, will try to play again in NCAA Tournament
Purdue’s Isaac Haas says he will try to give it a go tomorrow here in Boston Vs Texas Tech. Says he’ll find out at game-tine if his brace was approved.
— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) March 22, 2018
Here’s the brace that Purdue mechanical engineering students designed for Isaac Haas. He says he’ll try to play Thursday vs. Texas Tech. pic.twitter.com/H8MEedeo4O
— Roman Stubbs (@romanstubbs) March 22, 2018
Purdue center Isaac Haas, who fractured his elbow last weekend, said it’ll be up to coach Matt Painter if he plays tomorrow. This is the elbow brace made by the Purdue engineering school that he would wear, which still needs to be approved by the NCAA. pic.twitter.com/RvEKNcLFw0
— Steve Hewitt (@steve_hewitt) March 22, 2018
Isaac Haas says he wants to play, hopes he can. But Purdue coach Matt Painter sounds pessimistic. Says Haas has to show he can make a FT and grab a rebound with two hands, and he hasn’t seen it yet.
— Nancy Armour (@nrarmour) March 22, 2018
Haas initially was ruled out for the season after the injury, but he went through some drills with the Boilermakers on the practice court on Saturday. The 7-foot-2 senior did not have an approved brace Sunday when Purdue defeated 10th-seeded Butler.
Earlier in the week, Purdue coach Matt Painter said some Purdue engineering students were going to try to create an NCAA-approved brace for Haas, who is averaging 14.7 points and 5.7 rebounds per game this season.
Painter, however, said he does not expect Haas to be able to play for the Boilermakers against Texas Tech.
“I don’t see him playing,” Painter said at a Thursday news conference. “Until he can practice and show me he can shoot a right-handed free throw and get a rebound with two hands. In the last two days he hasn’t practiced. So I don’t see it.”