7'2 Center Isaac Haas commits to Purdue over Wake Forest

Isaac Haas shown to the left, should be a matchup problem for most teams when he joins Purdue in 2014.

Haas, a 7’2, 275 lb center from Piedmont, Alabama, said Monday morning that he will sign a letter of intent to play basketball for Purdue. The decision was a major blow for the Wake Forest program, to which Haas had previously committed to in early September and remained committed to until just before the Nov. 13 signing date just last week. Haas was one of three players to commit to Wake Forest in the class that will enter college in 2014. Whereas the Deacons’ other commitments, 6-3 Shelton Mitchell of Waxhaw and 6-3 Rondale Watson of Greenbrier, West. Va., signed their letters of intent with Wake Forest last week, Haas surprised the Deacons’ coaching staff by holding off. Haas is ranked as a four-star and top-100 recruit in the 2014 class by ESPN, Rivals and  247 Sports. Rivals ranked him the highest, at No. 64 nationally. Hokes Bluff coach Greg Watkins said Haas averaged about 18.5 points, 11 rebounds and 4.5 blocks as a junior. Haas would join Middletown, Ohio, wing Vince Edwards, Elida, Ohio, guard Dakota Mathias and Chestnut Hill, Mass., forward Jacquil Taylor in Purdue’s 2014 recruiting class.


Haas also held offers from Texas A&M, UAB, and Virginia to name a few. Haas has shown the ability to run the floor well for someone his size, and is not the typical plodder/banger. At this point in his career he is a rebounder/post defender who must learn to score on the low block, but he has a good work ethic and should develop his offensive prowess. With his size and body type he is someone people definitely have to watch over the next few years. If he develops a dominant low post player's attitude Haas could become a commodity for many who are looking for size and strength to defend the low post area. Bizarre turn of event, but Purdue is lucky that Isaac Haas changed his mind and committed to their program for the 2014 season.

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Alex Kline