DETROIT, Mich. — Friday afternoon wasn’t all good news for the Purdue Boilermakers.
Shortly after the Boilermakers picked up a 74-48 win over the Cal State Fullerton Titans, they were dealt a big blow in terms of player personnel for the remainder of the season.
Head coach Matt Painter announced that senior forward Isaac Haas will miss the remainder of the season due to a fracture in his right elbow. Haas sustained the injury during the Boilermakers’ 26-point win over the Titans.
Midway through the second half of Friday’s game, the 7’2” center from Hokes Bluff, AL suffered the injury when he fell to the ground while battling for a rebound. Haas remained in the game following the injury, but post-game x-rays revealed the extent of the injury.
Haas finishes the year averaging 14.7 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 1.4 blocks per game, all of which are career-best marks. He posted nine points and 10 rebounds in Purdue’s 74-48 win over the Titans.
Haas is a finalist for the Kareem Abdul-Jabaar Award, which is awarded to the nation’s top center. Jock Landale (Saint Mary’s), Thomas Welsh (UCLA), Angel Delgado (Seton Hall), and Brandon McCoy (UNLV) round out the list of finalists.
The loss of Haas for the remainder of the 2018 NCAA Tournament immediately thrusts redshirt freshman Matt Haarms into a starring role for the Boilermakers up front. Haarms is a 7’3”, 250-pound big man from Amsterdam, and will be looked upon to anchor the front court in the absence of Haas.
This season, Haarms is averaging 4.8 points, 3.1 rebounds, and a team-high 2.1 blocks per game. Against the Titans in the First Round, he posted two points, four rebounds, three assists, and two blocks in 21 minutes of action.
Purdue will face either the Butler Bulldogs or Arkansas Razorbacks in Sunday’s Second Round.
– T. Bennett