WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Purdue basketball’s freshmen class has been on campus for several weeks now. One of the biggest impacts in practice has been the presence of a second seven-footer, Isaac Haas.
The two big men found themselves battling it out in the paint in today’s practice.
“You know I think for both of them, you’re not used to going up against somebody that big every single day. So I think that is a good thing. You normally go up against that size in games probably about half of your games,” said Purdue head coach Matt Painter.
Facing each other daily and working on post-positioning in practice will benefit them once they tip-off the season according to Painter.
“Playing in the Big Ten you’re going to face guys like that. So I think that both of them just learning once they get deep position like that, they got to score the basketball,” Painter said. “Whoever really embraces the physicality of the game better is normally the one who has more success.”
Having a pair of seven-footers on the squad excites junior guard Rapheal Davis, even if it means that he’ll take a physical pounding on occasion.
“I love it. They’re down there banging each other. Playing hard, fighting through it. I got sandwiched between A.J. and Issac one day. I’ve never experienced that, so that means they’re playing hard,” said Davis.