Thursday, June 20, 2013
7-1 Haas could be a big catch in 2014 class
By Reggie Rankin
A big man who can score and rebound at a high level as well as do the little things that often go unnoticed (boxing out and setting solid screens) is very valuable at the next level.
Rising senior Isaac Haas is a 7-foot-2 center with loads of potential.
One such prospect is four-star 2014 center Isaac Haas (Piedmont, Ala./Hokes Bluff). The massive 7-foot-1, 275 pounder isn’t an ESPN 100 talent but just missed out on that honor and is coming off a strong showing at last weekend’s NBPA Top 100 camp. His size and potential has made it virtually impossible for him to fly under the radar as nearly 10 squads have stepped up with offers.
Haas claims offers from NCAA heavyweights Florida and UCLA along with Purdue, UAB, Clemson, Stanford and NCAA Cinderella Wichita State.
When you see him perform, it’s a wonder why more teams haven’t stepped up their pursuit of him. In addition to his size, Haas brings a lot to the table on both ends of the court.
He runs the floor very well for his size and plays with effort and energy throughout the game. Haas is a huge post target who seals his defender deep in the lane before overpowering them or shooting over them, often using a jump hook. He is physical and will not hesitate to use his big frame to carve out more prime real estate down low. The big fella is a great area rebounder and has an excellent motor.
Haas, who boasts a 3.9 GPA in Advanced Placement classes, is essentially the total package: A beast on the floor as well as in the classroom, and he’ll be a big catch for some lucky collegiate program.