Hurley wraps up another top-rated recruiting class for UConn men's basketball

Published on Thursday, 12 November 2020 18:05
Written by NEILL OSTROUT

JOURNAL INQUIRER

Dan Hurley continues to attract some outstanding basketball talent to play at UConn.

The men’s basketball coach in Storrs announced late Wednesday night that all three of his team’s Class of 2021 recruits had forwarded signed National Letters of Intent to the school, a trio that represents the No. 8 class in the nation and Hurley’s third top-20 recruiting class in three years at UConn.

Guares Rahsool Diggins of Philadelphia and Jordan Hawkins of Gaithersburg, Maryland, along with center Samson Johnson of Elizabeth, New Jersey, all signed with the Huskies on the first day of the NCAA’s early signing period.

“We are thrilled to welcome Rahsool, Jordan and Samson to the UConn family,” Hurley said in a statement. “Each of these young men has the type of talent, character, work ethic and winning pedigree that will help us continue to build a championship program.”

Hurley met with reporters via zoom late today to discuss the class in-depth.

Diggins, a 6-foot-3 guard from Archbishop Wood in Warminster, Pennsylvania, is a top 50 player who can play either guard position. He was the 2020 Catholic League Player of the Year, averaging 20.3 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.8 assists.

“Rahsool is a proven winner who has established himself as one of the best guards in the country both at Archbishop Wood under coach John Mosco and with Team Final under Rob Brown,” Hurley said. “He is a very talented guard who can score at all three levels and is an unselfish passer with great leadership skills. Rahsool is the type of player we need at UConn as we pursue championships.”

A 6-5 shooting guard who attends basketball powerhouse DeMatha Catholic, Hawkins averaged 12.5 points and 5.0 rebounds last season, shooting 46 percent from three-point range and helping DeMatha to a 30-3 record and to No. 2 ranking in the country. As a sophomore playing for Gaithersburg High, Hawkins averaged 20.2 points per game.

“Jordan is the prototypical UConn wing - the kind of player that UConn has had so much success with in the past,” Hurley said. “He’s extremely athletic with long range shooting ability and his versatility and ability to stretch the floor should excite UConn Nation. Jordan has a great pedigree, playing at DeMatha under Mike Jones and for Team Durant under Osman Bangura, which should translate to success at the next level.”

Johnson is a 6-10 forward who was born in Lome, Togo, on the west coast of Africa. He is currently a standout at The Patrick School, where he was briefly teammates with current UConn freshman Adama Sanogo. He has a wingspan of 7-foot-6 and ranked among the Top 100 players in the nation after averaging 8.9 points and 3.2 rebounds last season for Patrick.

Johnson was named co-MVP of the recent Slam 16 All-Star Game in the Bronx after his 12-point, 8-rebound, 6-block performance. Diggins, his future teammate, had 15 points, 9 assists and 5 rebounds in the same game.

“Samson is a very exciting player with a tremendous upside,” Hurley said. “He is a perfect fit for the type of player we were looking for in this class. He’s long, athletic and can really shoot. Along with his obvious talent, he’s had an amazing journey, starting at Seeds Academy in Senegal to being coached at a high level by Chris Chavannes at The Patrick School and gaining valuable experience playing for Jay David with the Jayhawks. Samson figures to be an exciting addition to our program that has championship aspirations.”



Posted in New Britain Herald, UConn on Thursday, 12 November 2020 18:05. Updated: Thursday, 12 November 2020 18:08.