Issac Haas was back on the practice court for Purdue on Saturday, one day after he fractured his right elbow and the team announced he was out for the season. Haas was shooting lay-ups and hook shots during practice, according to Allie LaForce of CBS Sports.
According to LaForce there is still a chance he could play for Purdue in the NCAA Tournament. LaForce reported that Haas practiced with a brace on his elbow, which needs to be cleared by the NCAA. If he’s allowed to wear the brace, according to LaForce, Purdue will have to make the call to play the senior or not Sunday when the Boilermakers face Butler.
Isaac Haas practiced w/ @BoilerBall this afternoon. He had a brace on his fractured elbow. Brace needs to be cleared by NCAA. IF it is cleared, Purdue will have to decide if they allow him to play. He wants to play per Coach Painter. He will go through warmups tomorrow. @CBSSports
— Allie LaForce (@ALaForce) March 17, 2018
Purdue coach Matt Painter confirmed that Haas was on the practice court Saturday, but he did not expect Haas to be available Sunday.
“He ran up and down today, did a few things but I don’t see him playing,” Painter said at a press conference. “…You focus on what you have, not what you don’t have.”
Painter added he thought Haas — who is averaging 14.7 points and 5.7 rebounds per game — would dress and warm up Sunday but not play in the game.
“He can go out there and get in warmups and do things but I don’t think he’s going to play,” Painter said. “I’m obviously not a doctor. But I’ve been able to look at it and see — he just went through things today and just getting loose and everything. His legs aren’t broke. So you’re allowed to still run when your elbow is fractured.”
Purdue, a No. 2 seed, is a 3.5-point favorite against seventh-seeded Butler on Sunday in Detroit. Tip-off is set for 12:10 p.m. ET.
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