WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Purdue suffered a huge blow when Isaac haas, the Boilermakers’ 7-foot-2 match-up nightmare, broke his right elbow in its tournament opener against Cal State-Fullerton. Haas has not given up on the season just yet, though.
The senior big man tried to wear a brace in Purdue’s round of 32 game against Butler, but the NCAA nixed it because the brace had metal in it.
Purdue’s engineering students, given NCAA guidelines by the Purdue staff, worked through the night Monday to create a one-of-a-kind brace to hold Haas’ elbow in place.
Even with his new elbow accessory, Boilermakers coach Matt Painter all but ruled Haas out for Friday’s game against Texas Tech. Haas is still holding out hope.
“If I did play, it would just be really short minutes, I’m sure,” Haas said. “But I’ll play as many as I’m asked of.”