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Will Kentucky land Matt Haarms?

Kentucky is in dire need of frontcourt help, and Haarms would help in a major way.

NCAA Basketball: Rutgers at Purdue Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Former Purdue center Matt Haarms cut his list of potential new teams to 10 on Saturday, and the Kentucky Wildcats alongside several serious contenders for the 7’3 graduate transfer.

His list also includes Arizona, Arkansas, Boston College, BYU, Gonzaga, Memphis, Minnesota, Texas Tech and UNC Greensboro. At first glance, Gonzaga looks like the biggest threat of that bunch to win it all next season, but their frontcourt is pretty stacked barring an unexpected NBA defection.

Arizona has become a hot bed for transfers, and Sean Miller can recruit against the best coaches in America. They also need help in the frontcourt, perhaps more so that Kentucky.

When talking with 247 Sports recently, Haarms said he would “take some time first and then think about how I’m going to handle this going forward.” He also said, though, that he's “not going to drag it out.”

Haarms has also said he is looking for a school where he can show his skillset off to NBA teams. Based on that, John Calipari and Kentucky would be the best school on that list to do that as their success at putting players in the league needs no introduction.

Depending on certain draft decisions from Nick Richards and EJ Montgomery as well as a recruiting decision coming up for Greg Brown, Kentucky could really use Haarms with how thin the frontcourt could potentially be.

Haarms’ fit in Kentucky’s system would still need to be determined, but what Kentucky needs for next season right now are players with college experience. Keion Brooks Jr. returning for his sophomore year was a good start, and Creighton grad-transfer Davion Mintz was a solid pick up, but the Wildcats would need more. Depending on how things play out, Kentucky may end up needing Haarms as much as Haarms may need Kentucky.

What do you think? Will Kentucky will land Haarms or will Calipari and the Wildcats end up having to look elsewhere? Vote now in the poll below!


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