Purdue's Matt Haarms Enters Transfer Portal, over 25 Schools Express Interest

Megan ArmstrongSenior Analyst IIApril 6, 2020

Purdue center Matt Haarms (32) celebrates during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Iowa in West Lafayette, Ind., Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020. Purdue defeated Iowa 104-68. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
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Purdue announced earlier Monday that Matt Haarms is entering the transfer portal, and the 7'3" center disclosed to ESPN's Jeff Borzello that 25 schools have already reached out to him:

"Just believe I needed a change of scenery to take my game to the next level," Haarms told Borzello, "don't have anything but positive things to say about Purdue, but I just felt like it was time to move on."

According to Stadium's Jeff Goodman, "Purdue was blindsided" by Haarms' desire to transfer.  

The center will be a graduate transfer, per Borzello, granting him immediate eligibility next season.

"It's too early right now," Haarms told 247Sports' Evan Daniels, referencing where he might finish his collegiate career. "I still have people calling who haven't texted me so I don't even have the full picture just yet."

The Amsterdam, Netherlands, native redshirted the 2016-17 season before playing three years for the Boilermakers.

Last season, Haarms averaged 8.6 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.0 blocks in 20.5 minutes per game across 29 appearances (15 starts) for 16-15 Purdue. His best campaign in West Lafayette, Indiana, came in 2018-19 with a career-high 9.4 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game over 36 contests (23 starts).

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