Haarms decides to leave Purdue, enter transfer portal

Purdue center Matt Haarms (32) goes over the shoulder of Rutgers forward Akwasi Yeboah (1) as the fight for a rebound during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in West Lafayette, Ind., Saturday, March 7, 2020. Rutgers defeated Purdue 71-68 in overtime. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) -- Purdue center Matt Haarms has entered the transfer portal and intends to play his final college season at another school, coach Matt Painter announced Monday.

The slim, 7-foot-3 Haarms was one of the Big Ten's top defenders and played a key role during the Boilermakers' 2019 NCAA Tournament run, when he replaced injured center Isaac Haas in the starting lineup.

But Haarms lost the starting job following a hip injury in December and wound up averaging 8.6 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2 blocks per game while shooting 52.4% from the field.

He finished fourth on Purdue's career list for blocks with 210.

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