Isaac Haas is hoping to make some on-court contributions for Purdue in the Boilermakers’ Sweet 16 matchup against Texas Tech on Friday night. Coach Matt Painter is not as optimistic.
“I don’t see him playing,” Painter told reporters about Haas on Thursday.
Haas, a 7-foot-2 big man, fractured his right elbow in a first-round NCAA Tournament game, but he said Thursday he would try to play this week after getting an elbow brace designed by Purdue engineering students.
Painter said he wouldn’t feel comfortable putting Haas in a game until the senior shows him he’s capable of shooting free throws right-handed and grabbing rebounds with both hands. Haas was initially ruled out for the rest of the season, and Painter thinks that will be the case regardless of how far the Boilermakers advance.
“I would think he’s done [for the season]. To me, it’s the eye test. It’s going out and watching him,” Painter said at a Thursday press conference. “He can go practice [Thursday] if he wants, and I can evaluate him. But if he doesn’t practice, nothing changes, right? No matter what like I say or you say or he says especially, he fractured his elbow. You know what I mean? So if you fractured your elbow and you can’t shoot a free throw, I don’t know how it changes in two days.”
Here are Painter’s full comments from his Thursday press conference.