Isaac Haas’ Purdue career is over after he suffered an elbow fracture in Purdue’s first-round win over No. 15-seed Cal State Fullerton.
The team’s second-leading rebounder and best shooter from the field suffered the injury during the team’s tournament-opening win when trying to fight for a rebound.
The Boilermakers were one of the favorites to not just make a run to the Final Four, but to potentially cut the nets down as national champions. Without Haas, Purdue will have to turn to Matt Haarms, Haas’ chief backup.
5 things to know about Matt Haarms:
1. Matt Haarms is 7-foot-3, 250 pounds
Haas, as mentioned above, is a mammoth of a human being. The senior is a 7-foot-2 difference-maker on both sides of the ball. Haarms, however, is even taller at 7-foot-3, 250 pounds.
The collegiate experience differential between the two, though, is also enormous.
2. Matt Haarms is a redshirt freshman averaging 16.5 minutes per game this season
Again, the experience that Haarms has at the collegiate level isn’t overwhelming. He is averaging 16.5 minutes per contest and is scoring 4.8 points and 3.1 rebounds in those minutes.
3. Matt Haarms’ career-high for a game in scoring is 14
At times, Purdue ran its offense this season through Haas. Granted, Haas wasn’t the consistent focal point, but he was somebody who could make a legitimate move in the post and put the ball in the basket. His offensive game wasn’t lacking.
For Haarms, he doesn’t have the developed offensive game that Haas has quite yet. His season-high for points in a game is 14, and in that game against Tennessee State, he also grabbed 6 rebounds while blocking 3 shots and going a perfect 5-for-5 from the field.
4. Matt Haarms is from the Netherlands
Haarms isn’t your typical American big man. Well, he’s actually from the Netherlands.
Haarms did go to high school at Sunrise Christian in Kansas, though. One of his deciding factors in choosing Purdue as a 3-star prospect — according to 247Sports — was that, “some of the best big men are coming out of Purdue. That was accentuated on my visit. I kept coming back to that every time I was thinking about a decision.”
5. Matt Haarms has grown since joining Purdue
Haarms actually hasn’t been 7-foot-3 for too long. Before he arrived on campus, the already insanely tall athlete was 7-foot-2. He has since grown an inch.
Haarms has also “added about 20 pounds” since becoming a member of the Boilermakers as well. As just a redshirt freshman, it may be hard to expect the world of Haarms, but if Purdue wants to still be playing in the month of April — the championship game is April 2 — his name may have to become a well-known one across the country.