Kentucky is no longer expected to land Purdue graduate transfer Matt Haarms.
Sources tell KSR that Haarms, a 7-foot-3, 250-pound center native of Amsterdam, is no longer leaning toward Kentucky and is now expected to choose BYU when he announces his commitment on Thursday.
Source: BYU has emerged as the favorite for Purdue graduate transfer Matt Haarms, Kentucky no longer feels they are the choice
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At the time of Davion Mintz’s commitment nearly two weeks ago, the Kentucky coaching staff felt confident in their position with the 7-foot-3 center out of Purdue, and that confidence had grown leading up to this week.
Despite Kentucky feeling confident in landing Haarms as late as Tuesday afternoon, Mark Pope and the BYU Cougars have since made up significant ground and are now seen as the favorites leading into his announcement on Thursday.
As for another name UK fans have become familiar with, sources tell KSR that VCU forward transfer Marcus Santos-Silva is not seen as a likely option at this point, either.
It appears Kentucky will now have to look elsewhere on the graduate transfer market or gauge interest in potential reclassification candidates.