The Connecticut Huskies continued their excellent recruiting under Kevin Ollie, by getting a verbal commitment from Georgia’s Willie Jackson. Since Ollie has taken over as the Connecticut’s mens basketball coach, the Huskies have brought in a bunch of quality players that fit their scheme and their philosophy. Below are some recruits that Ollie has brought to UConn:
The Huskies also received verbal commitments from:
- Daniel Hamilton
- Rakim Lubin
- Sam Cassell Jr.
- Prince Ali
- Willie Jackson
UConn’s Future Recruits
Daniel Hamilton is obviously the cream of the crop for the Huskies’ 2014 recruits. The lengthy guard is the #9 rated shooting guard on ESPN. Hamilton’s frame is extremely similar to Jeremy Lamb‘s, when the latter was at UConn. Rakim Lubin is a power foward, who could use some added bulk. The Huskies round out their 2014 recruiting class with Sam Cassell Jr., who is the son of ex-NBA All-Star Sam Cassell. The Huskies have recruited some really good players for the future. But it is without a question that UConn’s best chance to compete for another NCAA Championship is this year.
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On Monday, the Huskies cracked the top 25 after a four-week hiatus. UConn was once ranked #10. While Napier has had his best college season, the Huskies have not received any help from Omar Calhoun. The sophomore small forward has regressed in his second year at college. Calhoun was arguably the third best player on this Huskies team last year. But in his second year, Calhoun’s scoring has dropped from 11 points per game to 6 points per game. In fact, Calhoun has regressed so much that his minutes are down from 32 minutes per game to 17 minutes per game. After 2014, UConn may lose Napier, Ryan Boatright, and DeAndre Daniels to the NBA. This leaves the Huskies with Rodney Purvis, Daniel Hamilton, and Omar Calhoun as the stars of the team.
A Little More On Willie Jackson
Willie Jackson is a 6’3″ point guard from Athens, Georgia. Jackson is a long and athletic point guard that spreads the ball around extremely well. He is not the best shooter from deep, but he is an excellent distributor. His best traits are his vision and his basketball IQ. Jackson will be able to set up shots for Hamilton when they play together. Also, Willie Jackson could play some 2-guard if needed.