WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue senior Isaac
Haas was named a finalist for the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award, given to the nation's
top center, the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame announced.

Haas, a 7-foot, 2-inch center from Hokes Bluff, Alabama, was earlier is 1-of-10
finalists for the award and is joined by Big Ten representatives Ethan Happ
(Wisconsin) and Jaren Jackson Jr. (Michigan State). He joins teammates Carsen
Edwards (Jerry West Award) and Vincent Edwards (Julius Erving Award) as finalists for the
position awards by the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.

The list will be cut down to a final five finalist in early / mid-March.

Purdue is 1-of-3 teams to have three finalists for the Naismith Hall of Fame
position awards, joined by Duke and Michigan State.

Haas is averaging 14.7 points and 5.3 rebounds per game for the 23-3 Boilermakers,
shooting 61.6 percent from the field and 76.7 percent from the free throw line. He
leads the Big Ten in points per 40 minutes (26.0) and is fourth in the league in
field goal percentage (.616). In Big Ten play, his averages jump to 15.8 points and
5.5 rebounds.

For his career, Haas has scored 1,422 points, 579 rebounds and 112 blocked shots. He
needs 78 points and 21 rebounds to become the seventh player in school history with
1,500 points, 600 rebounds and 100 blocked shots.

Haas and the third-ranked Boilermakers face No. 4-ranked Michigan State on Saturday
at 4 p.m. ET, in East Lansing. The game will be broadcast by ESPN.