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#KU50: 42 Jerod Haase

42 days until Kansas basketball!

NCAA Basketball: Stanford at Kansas Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Haase will likely be eclipsed at some point with the rash of recent transfers, but as it sits he’s probably the best transfer in Kansas history. He averaged 12.5 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game over the course of his Kansas career. Haase attempted 4.5 threes per game, in somewhat of a rarity for that era, but shot just under 34 percent from behind the arc.

Haase is now (probably) best remembered in a Jayhawk uniform for his book, Floor Burns. Had he played now, he’d be the player everyone hates because every old white guy who hates “those kind” of athletes would be raving about this scrappy white guy willing to get on the floor and hustle for his team. But that would do a disservice to Haase’s contributions in a Kansas uniform. He scored 1,264 points in his career, good for 33rd in Kansas history, and he did so reasonably efficiently, ranking 6th in the Big 12 in field goal percentage in 1997. He also finished in the top 10 in the conference in free throws made in each of his seasons in Lawrence.

Haase also had defensive abilities equal to his reputation. Far from having to overcome limitations with his scrappiness, Haase used that to enhance is abilities on that end of the floor. He finished 7th in career defensive win shares in the history of the Big 8, and backed it up by finishing 10th in the first year of the Big 12.

Jerod Haase gets a bit of a bad rap (from my impression) from fans who thought Haase got an inordinate amount of playing time based on hustle, grit, and other things that get overrated because they can’t be quantified. However, Haase also got that playing time thanks to plenty of things that can be quantified, and gets quantified at 42 on our list.


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48 Mark Turgeon

49 Paul Mokeski

50 Charlie T. Black