Wilson picks UConn men's basketball but may have to sit out season

Published on Saturday, 2 September 2017 22:46


Sidney Wilson spurned the UConn men’s basketball team once. But in a surprise move, he’s coming back to the altar.

Wilson, the 6-foot-7 forward from the Bronx who picked St. John’s over UConn in May, has changed his mind and is going to be a Husky.

Of course, the fact that Wilson enrolled at St. John’s and already began taking classes at the school means he’ll come to Storrs as a transfer. The school and Wilson are working on obtaining a waiver from the NCAA so that he’ll be allowed to play with the Huskies this season, though that seems unlikely to be approved.

He announced early in the week that he would be leaving St. John’s and on Friday he committed to UConn.

“A lot has happened in my life over the last few years,” Wilson said in a statement released by St. John’s after his departure. “These factors played a large part in my decision to stay close to home, but unfortunately I recently realized it was not what is best for me at this time to manage adversity in my life.

“I am grateful for the opportunity that St. John’s provided me and for the support of Coach (Chris) Mullin and the rest of the staff throughout this difficult process,” said Wilson. “In order for me to grow as a person and basketball player, I feel that I need to begin something new to explore what is next in my life. Although I know the grass isn’t always greener, this is a risk I am willing to take for personal reasons.”

Wilson, who was ranked among the top small forwards in the Class of 2017, attended St. Raymond’s High in the Bronx for three years before spending his senior season at Brewster (N.H.) Academy. Wilson averaged 17.2 points and 5.3 rebounds at Brewster.

Even if he doesn’t become eligible to play this season, Wilson will be the eighth new player to join the Huskies this offseason.

Fifth-year senior transfers David Onuorah (Cornell) and Antwoine Anderson (Fordham), JUCO transfers Eric Cobb and Kwintin Williams, as well as high school stars Josh Carlton, Tyler Polley, and Isaiah Whaley have all been added to the UConn roster already.

Cameron to Cameron

UConn received a small piece of bad news on the recruiting front Friday when star forward Cameron “Cam” Reddish committed to Duke over UConn, among others.

Reddish, one of the top five overall players in the Class of 2018, was also considering Kentucky, UCLA and Villanova. The 6-foot-8 small forward who stars at the Westtown School outside Philadelphia, had made multiple visits to UConn.

Posted in New Britain Herald, General Sports, UConn on Saturday, 2 September 2017 22:46. Updated: Saturday, 2 September 2017 22:48.