Purdue senior center Matt Haarms has entered his name in the NCAA transfer portal and will pursue opportunities to play elsewhere. The school announced that the 7-foot-3 center will explore his options.
Haarms has been a key big man for Purdue over the last three seasons. This past season, he averaged 8.6 points, 4.6 rebounds, 2.0 blocks and 0.9 assists per game. He also totaled 210 career blocks, which ranks fourth in Purdue’s history.
The news comes as a bit of a shock, as Haarms has provided Matt Painter’s squads with a prominent presence in the post. Not only has Haarms been a solid player for Purdue, he’s known for bringing plenty of energy to the floor. For that, he was always a fan favorite in West Lafayette.
According to Stadium’s Jeff Goodman, Purdue was “blindsided” by Haarms’ sudden decision. It was unclear what Haarms’ transfer plans are or if he has any specific schools in mind. He will have one year of eligibility remaining.
Purdue finished last season with a 16-15 record.