Kentucky needs big men, and Matt Haarms just became one of the best available this offseason.
On Monday, Haarms announced he would be leaving Purdue as a graduate transfer, instantly making him one of the top players available in college basketball, whether it be high school recruits or college transfers.
The 7-3, 250-pound Haarms played an instrumental role on the 2018-19 Purdue squad that nearly made the Final Four if not for a miracle finish in regulation by Virginia, who ultimately won in overtime en route to winning the national championship. Haarms averaged 9.4 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game that season.
In the 2019-20 season, Haarms averaged 8.6 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game. He shot 52.4% from the field, 31.3% from deep (attempted 32 triples) and 63.4% from the free throw line. He ranks fourth in program history with 210 career blocks.
That’s exactly the kind of big man UK desperately needs for next season, especially If both Nick Richards and EJ Montgomery leave for the NBA Draft.
Will Kentucky actually show interest? We should find out soon enough, but it’s hard to envision many, if any better frontcourt transfer options becoming available.