UConn men's basketball gets boost in recruiting, adds 6-foot-7 junior college transfer Williams

Published on Monday, 10 July 2017 22:48


The UConn men’s basketball team took a big leap in recruiting Sunday. That’s when the Huskies received a commitment from a junior college forward whose jumping ability is nearly unmatched in the college game.

Kwintin Williams, a 6-foot-7 forward from Anchorage, Alaska, committed to UConn Sunday and will be immediately eligible this fall.

Because of an ability to vertically leap more than 43 inches, Williams uses the moniker “Jumpmanebig” on his social media platforms.

Williams chose the Huskies over offers from Pittsburgh, TCU, East Carolina, UNLV and Washington State, among others. After receiving a scholarship offer from UConn roughly one week ago, Williams made his pledge to coach Kevin Ollie Sunday afternoon.

Williams attended Arizona Western most recently, but did not play basketball there, and attended Pima Junior College in Arizona in the 2015-16 season. At Pima, Williams averaged 18 points and 8 rebounds per game.

It’s expected that Williams will have three years of eligibility with the Huskies, given that he sat out last season.

Williams is the seventh addition to the UConn roster this offseason and the second junior college transfer, joining 6-9 Eric Cobb.

The Huskies have also added Cornell transfer David Onuorah and Fordham transfer Antwoine Anderson, as well as high school standouts Josh Carlton, Isaiah Whaley and Tyler Polley.

Williams had previously committed to Oregon out of high school, but was a non-qualifier. His two years of junior college have apparently put his academics back in good shape.

Posted in New Britain Herald, General Sports, UConn on Monday, 10 July 2017 22:48. Updated: Monday, 10 July 2017 22:53.