Although coaches across the country are cooped in due to the current world situation, BYU basketball coaches have reached out to dozens of potential transfer targets in the last month.
The two latest targets BYU is in the mix for are Purdue big man Matt Haarms and San Franscisco guard Charles Minlend. BYU made the cut of Haarms’ final 10 schools released Saturday morning:
Final 10 for Purdue transfer Matt Haarms:— Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) April 11, 2020
Immediately eligible. No. 3 grad transfer.
Haarms is a 7-foot-3 graduate transfer who averaged 8.6 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2 blocks per game last season. He has range out to the three point line and is fourth all time at Purdue in blocked shots.
“Just going to take some time first and then think about how I’m going to handle this going forward,” Haarms told 247Sports. “Thankfully it’s more important to me how I connect with the coach and my fit in the system and that can all be explained over the phone.”
BYU is a long shot to land Haarms. Many consider Kentucky the favorite, and Gonzaga is probably at the top of the list as well with their history of developing big men. Jeff Goodman has Haarms as the number three immediately eligible transfer.
BYU fans should be be familiar with Minlend, who was Second Team All-WCC this year with San Francisco and averaged 14.4 ppg. BYU made the final list of seven schools for Minlend, who will be immediately eligible to play next season.
San Francisco graduate transfer Charles Minlend Jr. is down to seven schools, he told @Stockrisers: Arizona, Butler, BYU, Arkansas, Indiana, Gonzaga and Mississippi State. No timetable on his decision yet.— Jake (@jakeweingarten) April 9, 2020
BYU has tough competition to land Minlend, but they probably have a better shot at him than Haarms. Arizona just recently landed a graduate guard transfer, and Minlend and BYU coaches are already familiar with each other.
If BYU were to add either Haarms or Minlend, they would immediately be one of the featured players on next year’s team. Neither player has set a timetable for a decision.