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Purdue's Isaac Haas to take his NBA Draft shot

Purdue center Isaac Haas loomed large over teammate Carsen Edwards and the Kansas Jayhawks in last month's NCAA tourney game in Kansas City. (File photo by the Associated Press)
Purdue center Isaac Haas loomed large over teammate Carsen Edwards and the Kansas Jayhawks in last month's NCAA tourney game in Kansas City. (File photo by the Associated Press)

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Joins teammates Caleb Swanigan, Vincent Edwards

Monday, April 10, 2017 09:57 pm

Isaac Haas wasn't about to let Purdue teammates Caleb Swanigan and Vincent Edwards have all the NBA Draft fun.

Not this time, at least.

The junior center has entered the NBA draft, joining Swanigan and Edwards. None of them have signed with an agent, so they all could return after going through workouts and, perhaps, next month's NBA Draft Combine in Chicago.

They have until May 24 to decide.

The 7-2 Haas, who is entering the draft for the first time, averaged 12.6 points and 5.0 rebounds this past season while shooting 58.7 percent from the field. For his career he's averaged 57.6 percent from the field. He's averaged 71.0 percent from the line in the last two seasons.

Haas has scored 1,041 points in just 1,678 minutes. That means he's averaged 24.8 points per 40 minutes in his career.

DraftExpress.com doesn't list Haas among its top 60 players in this spring's draft. However, it does have him at No. 49 in the 2018 draft, which would make him a late second-round pick. He projects as the Big Ten's No. 14 prospect this year and No. 20 nationally among juniors.

The 6-9 Swanigan is positioned to be a first-round pick. However, he's dropped to No. 30 by DraftExpress.com. It lists him as the No. 3 Big Ten prospect behind Michigan State's Miles Bridges and Indiana's OG Anunoby. It has him as the No. 7 sophomore nationally.

This past season Swanigan was the Big Ten MVP and earned All-America honors after averaging 18.5 points and 12.5 rebounds this past season. The former Indiana Mr. Basketball out of Homestead high School led the nation with 28 double-doubles.

He is not expected to return to Purdue.

Like Haas, Edwards also doesn't project to get drafted this season. DraftExpress.com has him as the No. 86 player for this spring's draft, but the No. 37 player for the 2018 draft. It lists him as the No. 8 Big Ten prospect and the No. 12 junior nationally.

Edwards entered the draft last season and the NBA feedback was clear – return to school. Edwards did and set career highs in scoring (12.6 points), shooting (48.6 percent), three-point shooting (42.3 percent) and assists (112).

Edwards had an impressive March. He scored 21 points in Purdue's first two NCAA tourney victories, with a double-double against Iowa State.

Edwards is the only active player in the country to have career totals of at least 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, 300 assists and 100 made three-point baskets.

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