The basketball countdown returns this Friday as we mark a month untilt he regular season tipoff tomorrow. Today we feature the new full-time starting center.
Matt Haarms - So. (RS)
Amsterdam, Netherlands (Sunrise Christian Academy)
7’3”, 250 pounds
2018-19 Projection: Starting Center
Last season we saw little glimpses of what Haarms can be withing Purdue’s gameplan. He was a strong defensive presence that averaged better htan two blocked shots per game (79 on the season). He often spelled Isaac Haas and offered a different look. He was a better defender than Haas, but not as offensively skilled at the basket. He was able to operate the high screen better and had some range with a modest jumper. He even connected on a three-pointer against Wisconsin at home.
Haarms’ best game was against Tennessee State where he had 14 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 blocks. Against Lipscomb he had 9 points, 8 rebounds, and 5 blocks. Pressed into starters minutes for the last two games of the season due to Haas’ injury he had 7 points, 6 rebounds and 2 blocks against Butler, but Texas Tech limited him to 4 points and 3 rebounds.
Haarms needs to improve his offensive game going forward. this season Purdue might need him to be a 10 and 7 guy every night due to its inexperience. If he can consistently spread the floor with his shooting like Mo Wagner, even better. He was 1 of 7 from long range last season, so we saw a small glimpse of what he can do.