Purdue is FINALLY on the board with a commitment for the class of 2017! Matt Haarms, a 7’2” 225 pound big man from Amsterdam, Netherlands, officially committed to Purdue this evening:
Center Matt Haarms has committed to #Purdue, https://t.co/mDoTruoyzI has learned. Purdue’s first commit for 2017. pic.twitter.com/CIei51fX4x— GoldandBlack.com (@GoldandBlackcom) October 5, 2016
Haarms is a 3-star commitment according to Rivals and is only recently int he states to play at Sunrise Christian Academy in Wichita, Kansas. He chose Purdue over offers from Washington State, Vanderbilt, and Colorado. Here is some video on him:
Haarms previously played for a junior team in Spain, so he has a strong European flavor to his game. He is not the plodding big man like Purdue is used to with A.J. Hammons and Isaac Haas. He has a good perimeter game, but he will need to rebound and defend at Purdue because, duh, he is 7’2”.
He is likely the first Dutch prospect at Purdue since the legendary Matt ten Dam, but he is definitely not a stiff like ten Dam.
Welcome aboard, Matt!