Louisville is one of at least 30 schools that have reached out to 7’3 center Matt Haarms, who surprised the basketball world on Monday by announcing that he was transferring from Purdue.
In addition to the Cards, Haarms told 247 Sports that Gonzaga, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Ohio, Illinois State, Kentucky, Arizona, Arkansas, Ole Miss, Arizona State, Syracuse, DePaul, South Carolina, Iona, Boston College, Seton Hall, Wichita State, Cincinnati, Oklahoma State, Washington State, Utah, Oregon State, San Jose State, and Cal State Fullerton were among the schools that reached out to him almost immediately.
A solid three-year contributor at Purdue who stands 7’3, 250-pounds, Haarms is now the most highly sought-after big man on the transfer market. He redshirted the 2016-17 season and will graduate from Purdue this spring, meaning he’ll be eligible to play immediately next season for whichever school he chooses. As a junior in 2019-20, he averaged 8.6 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game, and shot 52.4 percent from the field.
If Haarms does pick Louisville, expect to see me use this GIF no fewer than 500 times over the next 12 months.
If Haarms does choose to head elsewhere, the other grad transfer center to keep an eye on is Mattias Markusson from Loyola Marymount. The 7’3 big man averaged 10.2 points and 6.3 rebounds per game as a junior in 2018-19. The native of Sweden sat out this past season while mourning the sudden loss of his mother.