Dan Hurley has done well rebuilding UConn’s program in his first two seasons as their coach. He did a great job bringing high-end talent back to UConn’s program last year; and this year looks to be no different with a good mix of new recruits coming in along with redshirt and transfer players becoming eligible.
Andre Jackson 6’6″ 195 LBS Freshman, Small Forward
Andre is a hyper athletic wing from Albany who can come in and fill one of the more immediate needs for UConn as they move back to the Big East. He’s an exceptional finisher above the rim and his athleticism fits perfectly into the defensive system UConn likes to run. Jackson is another highly touted recruit for UConn who will potentially be an immediate starter and will definitely be a key contributor as a freshman.
Javonte Brown-Ferguson 6’11” 230 LBS Freshman, Center
Javonte is a talented center that will add some much needed depth in the frontcourt for UConn. He’s already solidified himself as a defensive presence who averaged 9.6 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game last year. Even though his biggest strength is defense, he averaged 19 points per game and will be a good scorer around the rim for UConn in this upcoming year.
Richie Springs 6’9″ 220 LBS Freshman (RS), Small Forward
Richie was a young true freshman that was redshirted last year. That year of growth and practice with the team should help a lot this season. Coming out of high school, Richie was known more as a rebounder who still had room for improvement. This year he looks to be someone who can come off the bench and be a high energy inside scorer and rebounder just like what Isaiah Whaley was last year.
RJ Cole 6’1″ 185 LBS Junior, Point Guard (Transfer from Howard)
RJ Cole is a massive addition for UConn this year since Alterique Gilbert left. RJ has already proven himself as a prolific scorer with over 1,500 points in two years at Howard. He will be a player teams scheme against on defense and that should open up good opportunities for the talented young players on the team. Having RJ step into the starting lineup to be a true point guard who can score and distribute to teammates will really help open up the offense.
Tyrese Martin 6’6” 205 LBS Sophomore (RS), Shooting Guard (Transfer from Rhode Island)
Tyrese had a good season last year, averaging 12.8 points and 7 rebounds per game. Having his type of length and proven offensive skill set will be huge for a team losing senior Christian Vital, who had a very similar game to Tyrese. The way transfer rules work right now, we won’t see Tyrese on the court for UConn this season unless he is able to get a waiver to play immediately. No matter when we see Tyrese on the court for UConn, he is a solid all-around player who will be a good upperclassman leader who comes off the bench for UConn.
These five new additions to UConn’s roster will greatly improve their depth and overall talent. Adding offensive threats like Andre and RJ to a team that already has good shooters in James Bouknight and Tyler Polley will make them a much more balanced and complete offensive team. Bringing in frontcourt depth with Richie and Javonte to back up Isaiah Whaley, Josh Carlton and Akok Akok. When he’s healthy, he will give UConn depth that a lot of teams can’t match. The mix of skilled guards and talented big men give UConn their best team since they won the National Championship in 2014.
Adama Sanogo 6’9” 250 LBS Freshman, Power Forward/Center
Adama’s a strong, physical interior player who will make an immediate impact in Uconn’s frontcourt. Sanogo is still relatively early in his basketball development as he only started playing basketball in 2014. In this short time, he has already become a strong rebounder on both ends of the floor. On offense Adama is a good finisher above the rim and has good touch in the low post. We already know Sanogo brings great energy to the game but he needs to improve his conditioning which shouldn’t be a problem when Dan Hurley’s your head coach. Once he improves his conditioning and develops any sort of perimeter offense, Sanogo will be one of the best forwards to come through Connecticut in the past decade.
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