Mark Pope and the BYU Cougars have officially pulled off the upset for Purdue graduate transfer Matt Haarms.
Despite Kentucky being seen as an early favorite and the school picking up even more momentum earlier this week, the 7-foot-3 center announced this afternoon he would instead be taking his talents to Provo, Utah and signing with BYU.
“I just felt an absolutely awesome connection with them,” Haarms said in an interview with ESPN. “I’m an older guy, 23. It’s not even one year. It’s eight months. At this point in my career, I’m not worried about facilities and locker rooms and how many Nike shoes I’m getting. That stopped being important for me.”
Haarms picked BYU over finalists Kentucky and Texas Tech, among offers and interest from nearly 30 schools. He originally submitted his name in the NCAA Transfer Portal on April 6.
Kentucky will now turn its attention to other options on the graduate transfer market and gauge interest from potential reclassification options in the class of 2021.