Purdue forward Matt Haarms has been one of the most sought-after transfers this offseason. After considering his options over the past few weeks, the 7-foot-3 forward has made a decision.
Haarms has announced he’ll be transferring to BYU. He’ll be immediately eligible for the Cougars in the 2020-21 season.
The Purdue transfer chose Brigham Young University over other prominent programs including Kentucky and Texas Tech – both schools were included in his final three. But in the end, BYU was the pick.
Haarms cited an “awesome connection” as to why he ended up picking the Cougars. This is a massive pickup for Mark Pope down in Provo.
Matt Haarms, the nation's top available transfer, has committed to BYU over Kentucky and Texas Tech.
"I just felt an absolutely awesome connection with them," Haarms told ESPN.
Immediately eligible. Averaged 8.6 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.0 blocks last season at Purdue.
— Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) April 23, 2020
BYU had an incredible year this past season, finishing 24-8 and 13-3 in the West Coast Conference. The Cougars were projected as either a six- or five-seed in the 2020 NCAA Tournament, according to most major outlets, prior to the tournament’s unfortunate cancellation.
But March Madness’ cancellation is not stopping BYU’s momentum. Beating out a program like Kentucky for a transfer player of Haarms’ caliber is no easy task. The Cougars could be a serious contender for the West Coast Conference and even challenge the Gonzaga Bulldogs for the conference title next season.
Haarms is a big-time addition for BYU next season as he’ll be immediately eligible.