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KSR SOURCES: Matt Haarms trending toward BYU, Kentucky no longer confident

Photo: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Photo: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

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.

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.

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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47 Comments for KSR SOURCES: Matt Haarms trending toward BYU, Kentucky no longer confident

  1. UKinIN
    9:52 pm April 22, 2020 Permalink

    Doesn’t surprise me. If it’s true that Haarms wants to play on the perimeter Calipari would be lying if he told Haarms that’s where he would play. Travis wanted extend his game at UK and he shot less than 1 three a game. Haarms isn’t a good fit for UK. Not this year.

    • jarred_combs
      8:45 am April 23, 2020 Permalink

      I would take him, but let’s not act like this is wilt chamberlain or something. We’re talking about a kid who couldn’t stay on the floor for Purdue. He’s not going to be a star, we just happen to need a big as a role player. I’m confident if we miss him another option will present itself. Also, if he really wants the NBA it’s a no brainer. We produce like 6 times the nba players that BYU and Texas tech produce. Either way we’ll be fine.

    • desertCard
      10:18 am April 23, 2020 Permalink

      jarred, so if he goes to UK he’ll go to the NBA but not if he goes anywhere else? lol

  2. UKgrad80
    9:55 pm April 22, 2020 Permalink

    And we have not connected with the guy from VCU so what’s our plan now?

  3. just a guy
    9:58 pm April 22, 2020 Permalink

    Here haarms would be the “energy guy” that runs floor, blocks shots and dunks. In half court he would play back to basket. Some kids want to actually play basketball, face the basket and take open shots. That’s not what Cal lets his big guys do.

    • UKinIN
      10:34 pm April 22, 2020 Permalink

      I don’t agree with that. Calipari let PJ play inside and out. I think it’s more about what the team needs and UK doesn’t need another perimeter player. Travis allowed PJ to face the basket. If UK already had an inside presence Haarms would have gotten a chance to play like PJ.

  4. jahanc2uky
    10:00 pm April 22, 2020 Permalink

    Haarms, I do not understand BYWHO being a choice. I also think he is making a mistake in not choosing UK, if his goal is to play professionally. Playing at UK gives you more access to oversea leagues vs BYWHO. Even if he just gives 15 minutes a game, he has way more visibility than at a BYWHO. Playing against the athletes he would be facing at UK in practice and in the SEC would improve his game. He would also be playing for a National Championship. I have stated my opinion, but am interested to hear any pros for BYWHO.

  5. Larkin123
    10:05 pm April 22, 2020 Permalink

    Makes sense to stay at Purdue if your thinking BYU…

  6. Larkin123
    10:06 pm April 22, 2020 Permalink

    Always one player way have you ever noticed that. Get used to it

  7. Larkin123
    10:18 pm April 22, 2020 Permalink

    The first six years cal was here we seem to get that guy or the second or the third. Something is wrong or changed. To close out a class he misses out on a lot now. We seem to strike out on big man particularly

    • Jpcat15
      8:24 am April 23, 2020 Permalink

      We have the #1 recruiting class in the nation coming to Lexington for this coming season. That class includes to 6’9” studs. Nothing is wrong or changed. This is probably Cal’s 2nd best recruiting class ever. I’m not even counting the Creighton transfer. I can’t believe the whining on here. If the kid comes he would be a nice role player, but it wouldn’t be like getting a Reid Travis. Travis was 1st team all conference. This kid averaged 8 pts a game. Don’t get me wrong, I hope he comes, but the program will survive if he doesn’t.

  8. 54Meeks
    10:22 pm April 22, 2020 Permalink

    Starting Big Men Cal’s first 6 seasons: Boogie, Jorts, AD, Nerlens, Willie, KAT
    Starting Big Men Cal’s last 6 seasons: Skal, Bam, Nick Richards (Fr), Reid Travis, Nick Richards (Jr),?

    something has changed in the program

    • MississippiBlue
      11:09 pm April 22, 2020 Permalink

      I will say a lot of our recent misses haven’t been misses, if y’all look at Wiseman and Jaden McDaniels both of them would’ve been problematic at best for UK.

    • BlueSteel
      11:32 pm April 22, 2020 Permalink

      Let’s not re-write history… Jorts wasn’t exactly a top recruit – he developed into a very good player for us… And Willie the same way (A project that actually worked)… Skal was the exact opposite – the number 1 ranked player that didn’t turn out… I’ll take Bam & JR Nick Richards any day.

    • 4everUKBlue
      8:37 am April 23, 2020 Permalink

      Nailed it! Go back and look at the players Cal “missed” on, almost all of them have been problems for the program that got them.

  9. robman181
    10:24 pm April 22, 2020 Permalink

    Cals recent misses are starting to feel an awful lot like Tubbys at the end. And spare me the his classes are always top 2. It doesn’t matter if your class is 1 or 2 If you don’t get the guys you need. The bottom line is Cals rosters are in a decline every year in talent.

    • 4everUKBlue
      8:39 am April 23, 2020 Permalink

      You can always go root for a team that pays player….say dook, Arizona, Auburn, LSU to name a few.

    • timbo
      9:44 am April 23, 2020 Permalink

      Hahahahahaha. Nice satire.

  10. Alex90
    10:42 pm April 22, 2020 Permalink

    So he wants to showcase his “NBA ready” skill set by transferring to a smaller school with less tv time. Yea I’m not buying it until he announces. KSR just posted earlier about them being heavy favorites made it seem like a done deal. By posting this it gets U.K. fans riled up which means more clicks which means more money for KSR. No sources here. I know others are reporting the same but they know it sets up a big day for U.K. fans checking their page tomorrow

    • timbo
      9:46 am April 23, 2020 Permalink

      Evan Daniels made the pick for BYU. Not related to KSR clicks, whatsoever.

    • desertCard
      10:23 am April 23, 2020 Permalink

      So yes he wants to go somewhere where he’ll play. Less exposure (although they do have tvs west of the mississippi) is a lot better than no exposure wouldn’t you say. Cal is not a developer and doesn’t want that type of riff raff on his teams. It be all about the BurgerBoys. You know that.

  11. Cats513
    10:43 pm April 22, 2020 Permalink

    But all the “insiders” on Twitter were saying that Kentucky landed Haarms yesterday. Shows you those guys really don’t know as much as they may think.

  12. UKFanSC
    10:43 pm April 22, 2020 Permalink

    Would have been nice, but we’ll survive

  13. friendsofcoal
    10:44 pm April 22, 2020 Permalink

    He couldn’t play with the guys we have coming anyway so no big deal.

      9:34 am April 23, 2020 Permalink

      UK would be the worst choice for Haarms if he wants to showcase his skillset. He would foul out in the first 10 minutes of every SEC game. Hope he goes anywhere else.

  14. T-Town Cat
    11:04 pm April 22, 2020 Permalink

    Unfortunately other teams can negatively recruit affairs thus now because of the relative lack of improvement of our big men over the past few years (Skal, Sasha Kilea-Jones, EJ). When you watch tape, you just see our big guys setting picks for our perimeter players. Good big guys don’t want to do that.

    • BlueSteel
      11:28 pm April 22, 2020 Permalink

      Sort of but then of course there is PJ and Nick so not really.

    • chris43
      7:36 am April 23, 2020 Permalink

      PJ and Nick are one thing BUT when you have Anthony Davis, Demarcus Cousins, Karl Anthony Towns already in the league who’ve signed max deals and are 3 of the top 5 bigs that should speak for itself. We also have Bam who’s coming along nicely and I dare say will be a top 10 big within a season or so if he isn’t already.

  15. T-Town Cat
    11:05 pm April 22, 2020 Permalink

    Against us, not affairs thus.

  16. Rick_S
    11:35 pm April 22, 2020 Permalink

    LMAO..Why do people think these so-called insiders know jack shit?they all just guess

  17. JLP
    11:45 pm April 22, 2020 Permalink

    I am not buying all the negativity. We may or may not get this guy. But there is a lot of time between now and when the bb season MAY START. As Jack notes, we could get another grad transfer or reclassification (Banchero come join us). Very few basketball teams are stocked well in both front and back courts. Besides, I remember the days of Rupp’s runts… You can win in many ways without dominating big man like Dick Harter’s Kamikazi Kids at Oregon. The glass is half full for me. I am more concerned that we have a season at all, even if abbreviated and just league games.

  18. Righteous1
    12:19 am April 23, 2020 Permalink

    Why would anyone want to play for an overrated and overcompensated coach? The Cal Lovers Wolfpack will have fun with this!

  19. Ukwildcat2007
    12:28 am April 23, 2020 Permalink

    Don’t want some 7’3″ scrub that can’t even start for purdue. Gimme Hi yo silvaaa! Cal’s lost it. His big men flat out suck every year now.

    • Alex90
      6:52 am April 23, 2020 Permalink

      Nick Richards sucked last year? PJ Washington sucked for 2 years? Bam sucked?

  20. JLP
    12:57 am April 23, 2020 Permalink

    Trolls, trolls, trolls

  21. amyharrisUK
    1:25 am April 23, 2020 Permalink

    Jack, any update with Cunningham?

  22. BigBluSoTru
    2:39 am April 23, 2020 Permalink

    In Cal we trust . People calm down he will pick s today

    • desertCard
      10:25 am April 23, 2020 Permalink

      That’s what all the minions in N Korea say about their leader as well.

  23. CahillsCrossingNT
    3:59 am April 23, 2020 Permalink

    You know your program is a has-been when the fan base is desperate to get a transfer who averaged 8.6 points and 4.6 rebounds a game.

  24. Bigblueswami
    5:35 am April 23, 2020 Permalink

    I think by “sources” it’s safe to assume Evan Daniels crystal ball pick caused the switch in feeling.

  25. edlover
    7:08 am April 23, 2020 Permalink

    The only thing in decline is the basketball knowledge of many of the commenters on this thread. So devoid of basketball IQ that they embarrass themselves

  26. bbn606
    7:12 am April 23, 2020 Permalink

    He is apparently not ready for prime time.

  27. bigbowdennation
    8:42 am April 23, 2020 Permalink

    Why wouldn’t he just stay at Purdue over going to BYU …

  28. 4everUKBlue
    8:43 am April 23, 2020 Permalink

    OH and the sky is falling, the sky is falling…

  29. Headhurts
    9:15 am April 23, 2020 Permalink

    Ky’s not for everybody, this is the big stage, things happen for a reason, we have a good young team