On Monday, Purdue fans received some interesting news regarding one of the program’s most talented players. Big man Isaac Haas announced that he would be declaring for the 2017 NBA Draft. However, he has declined to hire an agent, indicating that he still could still return to West Lafayette next season.
Since Haas arrived on campus, Purdue has achieved a great deal of success. The Boilermakers won 21 or more games in each of the last three seasons, culminating in a Big Ten regular season title and a trip to the Sweet 16 this season. Purdue also went 4-1 against Indiana in that stretch.
As a recruit, Haas arrived on campus with a fair share of hype. He was rated as a four-star prospect by 247Sports and was projected by many as the latest in a great line of Purdue big men in recent years. He joined a Purdue recruiting class that was rated No. 31 nationally and No. 5 in the Big Ten by 247Sports.
Haas has played an interesting role for Purdue over the last three seasons. He’s been extremely efficient, but he has yet to even play 50 percent of the team’s minutes in any season. While part of this has been due to Purdue’s remarkable depth upfront, another factor has been some inconsistency from the big man.
Unlike Caleb Swanigan (who also declared earlier this week), Haas will be projected by most to return to Purdue next season. After all, he’s only rated as the No. 20 junior in the country by DraftExpress, meaning Haas will likely not get drafted this year.
Haas has been a key piece for Purdue over the last three seasons and now, fans will have to wait to see whether he opts to leave or come back for one more year.