Matt Painter (PHOTO: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports)

Purdue nabbed their first 2017 pledge on Wednesday night

Purdue has been working to shore up their frontcourt in the 2017 class, and on Wednesday night they got their first pledge from Matt Haarms.

Not too much is known about Matt Haarms, but the big man who attends Sunrise Christian was seen by the Purdue Boilermakers coaches, and that was all they needed in order to offer a scholarship. Matt Painter and his staff offered Haarms after seeing him in July, and now he is the first member of the Purdue 2017 class.

"Matt felt at home with Purdue and Coach Painter," said Sunrise Christian Head Coach Luke Barnwell. "He really liked the style of play with Purdue and how they play with their bigs."

Beyond that, Barnwell says that the history at Purdue played a part in Haarms making his decision.

"The program's success and tradition is something that Matt is excited about," said Barnell. "Matt feels that he can be a part of something special at Purdue and with Coach Painter."

While Haarms checks in at over 7-feet tall, he isn't just someone who sits on the low block and is a plodding runner. In fact, Barnwell feels that Haarms is someone who has a lot of potential and his best basketball is ahead of him.

"Matt is 7-foot-2 with perimeter skills," said Barnwell. "He is able to run well, shoot threes, drive the ball, and is a great passer. Matt is thin, but he is competitive and have a chance to grow into a really good college player and beyond."

This is the first commitment for Purdue, and the Boilermakers want to add several more bodies to their 2017 class.

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