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Purdue center Matt Haarms is in the transfer portal

© Brian Spurlock | USATSI

© Brian Spurlock | USATSI

Kentucky needs a big man for next season. Enter Purdue’s Matt Haarms, a 7’3″ center from Amsterdam that just entered the transfer portal.

Last season, Haarms averaged 8.6 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 2.0 blocks per game while shooting 52.4% from the field, 31.3% from three, and 63.4% from the free throw line. In three seasons at Purdue, he had 210 blocks, the fourth most in Boilermaker history. According to ESPN, he is considered a grad transfer and will be eligible immediately.

While John Calipari gets on the phone, you can watch Haarms’ highlights.

He also likes dogs, which means I like him.

 

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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29 Comments for Purdue center Matt Haarms is in the transfer portal



  1. Wilfred Smith
    2:17 pm April 6, 2020 Permalink

    Do we really need a project?



    • ColoradoCatFan88
      3:06 pm April 6, 2020 Permalink

      This kid will be a legitimate player next season, especially on a talented team such as Kentucky. He will be a solid NBA player in a few years. This would be a huge pickup for us if Cal can reel him in



    • Fitz
      6:01 pm April 6, 2020 Permalink

      Project? He may not be all All- Conference Player on either team. Like Sestna, he may not even be a starter, but he’s no project.



  2. lexattorney
    2:19 pm April 6, 2020 Permalink

    What good does it do if he has to sit next season?



    • ClutchCargo
      2:20 pm April 6, 2020 Permalink

      He would be a grad transfer and could play immediately under the current rules.



    • Newtype
      2:20 pm April 6, 2020 Permalink

      Someone didn’t read the article



  3. ClutchCargo
    2:21 pm April 6, 2020 Permalink

    I watch quite a bit of Big Ten basketball, and this dude is softer than any baby’s butt. He is tall, so he has that going for him.



    • runningunnin.454
      5:47 pm April 6, 2020 Permalink

      Yeah, if I was 7’3″ and averaged less than 5 rb/game, I would rip me throat. Was going to say we don’t need a 7 footer hanging out around the 3 pt line; but, looks like he only averaged one 3 pt attempt per game. We definitely need a big from somewhere.



  4. 859bornandraised
    2:22 pm April 6, 2020 Permalink

    I’ll take him if we lose Richards he



  5. whack0001
    2:26 pm April 6, 2020 Permalink

    Is this really the level we have fallen too? Scrambling to fill out a roster with grad transfers? It’s kind of sad and definitely not up Kentucky Basketball standards. At least this guy is from a power 5 conference.



    • BobbyBlue
      2:35 pm April 6, 2020 Permalink

      Whack wouldn’t you say the last two grad transfers worked out ?
      We need experience and maturity to balance out the youngsters coming in.



    • whack0001
      4:02 pm April 6, 2020 Permalink

      Meh. I wasn’t a huge fan of Sestina. He was ok. I understand the strategy and the need these guys fill for us, but I just hate that it has come to this.



    • Fitz
      6:07 pm April 6, 2020 Permalink

      You fill out a roster for needs. If we need a big man, have a scolly to give, and there’s no others available why not get a body to fill the roster for one year. If nothing else he would make a good practice player. Get him if you can.



    • whack0001
      7:31 pm April 6, 2020 Permalink

      I agree we might as well grab him if we can, but why is it coming to this? There’s 40 minutes on the table at the University of Kentucky. Why can’t we recruit a star big man for a position where he would have no competition? We have to fill needs but the issue is that a big man is a desperate need at this point considering we probably won’t have any big bodies next year. We shouldn’t have to be scrambling for a player to fill a roster spot. This is Kentucky. We should have star big men waiting in line to come play.



  6. zoupman
    2:32 pm April 6, 2020 Permalink

    Who?



  7. Daddyof3Ballers
    2:35 pm April 6, 2020 Permalink

    I’m good with it. Depth is never a bad thing and 7’3” can’t be taught. Plus the guy can block shots and catch lobs. With the athletes we have coming in next year he could fit into the rotation pretty nicely…



  8. Catcasey1
    2:41 pm April 6, 2020 Permalink

    Come on down big fella



  9. Dustin Rumbaugh
    2:46 pm April 6, 2020 Permalink

    I remember seeing him as a freshman, maybe sophomore, and thought that he could have some real potential as one of the euro big men that could play the perimeter. Doesn’t look like he panned out like I thought, at least the stats really show it, but you can’t deny that the style we play makes it a NECESSITY that we have a legit rim protector and he would seem to at least fit that bill.



  10. Dustin Rumbaugh
    2:46 pm April 6, 2020 Permalink

    *don’t really show it



  11. catsfan1995
    3:14 pm April 6, 2020 Permalink

    You all are acting like we’ll need him to score 20 a game… he’s a solid rim protecter and can get board… maybe a few oops here and there. He’d fit in with next year’s group for sure



  12. millertim
    3:47 pm April 6, 2020 Permalink

    We desperately need a big for next year and having D-1 experience is a must. As stated in a previous post, the last two grad transfers worked out well! GO GET HIM CAL!!!



  13. 8XChamps
    4:08 pm April 6, 2020 Permalink

    Please!!



  14. IrishCat
    4:18 pm April 6, 2020 Permalink

    Ppl are nuts. This is a quality big w/ proven skills that arguably fits Cal’s style a lot better than Reid or Nate. Sign him up.



  15. sharpshooter81
    4:19 pm April 6, 2020 Permalink

    100% agree [email protected]. Don’t need him to be a big time scorer, just block shots, get rebounds and get around 8 points.



  16. AirForceOne
    4:40 pm April 6, 2020 Permalink

    Give me Kevin Marfo. Grad transfer from Quinnipiac. NCAA leading rebounder. NBA body. Plays with a freaky high motor. The Dude owns the glass.



    • AirForceOne
      4:49 pm April 6, 2020 Permalink

      Well, scratch that. He has committed to Texas A&M.



    • IrishCat
      4:51 pm April 6, 2020 Permalink

      That guy looks like a warrior. A little undersized since we really need a 5, but seems like the type of competitor that would respond well to Cal’s coaching style.



    • runningunnin.454
      5:44 pm April 6, 2020 Permalink

      Yeah, Marfo to TA&M, go figure; kid from NJ, played last two seasons HS ball in Massachusetts, and he goes to a football school in Texas. Whatchu doin’ down there, Buzz…



  17. dublj110
    7:29 pm April 6, 2020 Permalink

    Man could you imagine what Payne can do with this guy? Put another 40lbs of meat on his bones. Sheesh… The view from the top is pretty sweet.