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Matt Haarms Announces He Will Leave BYU, Enter NBA Draft

NCAA Basketball: Gonzaga at Brigham Young Jeffrey Swinger-USA TODAY Sports

After deliberating for over a month, BYU big man Matt Haarms decided he will not return to BYU for one year and take advantage of the “free” COVID year. Haarms told reporters after BYU’s NCAA Tournament loss to UCLA that his college career was done, but social media posts by him indicated that he was considering a return. Matt has been sticking around in Provo after the end of the Winter semester. Matt made the announcement on his Instagram and said he will enter the NBA Draft.

Haarms was the WCC defensive player of the year and second team All-WCC and averaged 11.3 points, 5 rebounds and 2 blocks on 54.6% shooting. He didn’t quite live up to the expectations of some after BYU got him over Kentucky, Texas Tech and others but he was very effective on the defensive end.

With Haarms out of the picture BYU is turning to transfer portal to add an additional big. BYU offered Dusan Mahorcic a scholarship Wednesday afternoon. Mahorcic averaged 10 points and 7.7 rebounds on 59% shooting last year for Illinois State. Dusan told me that he’s hearing from schools such as Texas, Florida, Oregon, and over 25 others but that he likes the energy that Mark Pope brings. He has two years of eligibility remaining.

Good luck to Matt in his professional journey!