Purdue senior Isaac Haas was named on Friday a finalist for the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award, which is given annually to the nation’s best center.
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Haas’ selection marks the second time in three years a Boilermakers player was named a finalist for the award; A.J. Hammons earned that distinction in 2016 but did not win. Haas is one of five finalists, joined by Saint Mary’s’ Jock Landale, Seton Hall’s Angel Delgado, UCLA’s Thomas Welsh and UNLV’s Brandon McCoy.
Wisconsin’s Frank Kaminsky won the first Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award in 2015. Utah’s Jakob Poeltl won it in 2016, and Gonzaga’s Przemek Karnowski was the winner last season.
Haas, a senior, is second on the team in points (14.9 per game), rebounds (5.6 per game) and blocks (1.4 per game). His entire skill set was on display March 4, when he scored 24 points and recorded 8 rebounds and 1 block against Michigan in the Big Ten Tournament final. Haas’ efforts weren’t enough, though, as the Wolverines came away with the 75-66 victory. The 7-foot-2 center has scored in double figures in 9 straight games.
Haas and the Boilermakers will learn their NCAA Tournament fate Sunday during the selection show at 6 p.m. ET on TBS.