After flirting with the NBA draft, Purdue C Isaac Haas will return to the Boilermakers for his senior season, he announced Tuesday night.
Haas said in a statement that he made his decision after workouts with multiple teams and discussions with his family and the Purdue coaching staff.
“We came to the decision that it’s best that I come back to Purdue and help bring Purdue to a better place than last year for my senior year,” Haas said. “I learned so much from the NBA experience and I want to thank all the organizations that managed to bring me in and allowed me to showcase my talents while improving certain aspects of my game and learning what I need to work on. It’s time to focus on next year and to bring another conference championship and a national title to Purdue.”
Haas has averaged 10.0 points and 4.3 rebounds a game in his first three seasons at Purdue. Last season was his best, averaging 12.6 points and 5.0 rebounds as the Boilermakers won the Big Ten regular-season title and advanced to the Sweet 16 before losing to Kansas. He has finished in the top 10 in the Big Ten in field-goal percentage each of the last two seasons.
Haas declared for the NBA draft in April but did not hire an agent, allowing him freedom to return to school. He was not invited to the NBA combine and was projected as a second-round pick at best.
With Haas set to return to West Lafayette, Purdue is still waiting on Vince Edwards and Caleb Swanigan to decide between school and the NBA.