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Men's Basketball: Jalen Adams commits to UConn

Shooting guard from same town as Napier chooses Huskies

By Tim Fontenault
On June 30, 2014

The UConn men's basketball team added a big name to the freshman class of 2015, as shooting guard Jalen Adams gave the defending national champions a verbal commitment Monday morning.

Adams made the announcement through his Twitter account:

I Have Officially Decided That I Will Continue To Pursue My Dream At The University Of Connecticut And Play For Coach Kevin Ollie #Huskies

— Almighty Jay (@JalenAdams25) June 30, 2014

Ranked No. 33 on ESPN's Top 100 list for the class of 2015, Adams chose UConn over American Athletic Conference rival Memphis and ACC-bound Louisville. Creighton, Georgia Tech, Maryland, Minnesota, Providence, Rhode Island and Tennessee all had offers out to Adams, as well.

Adams, who currently plays at the Cushing Academy, is a native of Roxbury, Massachusetts, the same hometown as Shabazz Napier. In four years at UConn, Napier won two national championships, scored 1,959 points (fourth all time) and compiled 646 assists (third) in a school-record 143 games. He was drafted 24th overall by the Charlotte Hornets in Thursday's NBA Draft before being traded to the Miami Heat.

ESPN ranks Adams as the top player in Massachusetts, describing him as "a scoring guard that can also help at the point where he is a high level playmaker. He can defend both positions and plays in attack mode at all times. A high major combination guard with great upside."

Ollie now has verbal commitments from two players for 2015, with Adams joining Willie Jackson, a point guard from Athens, Georgia. The Huskies previously had a commitment from shooting guard Prince Ali, who is ranked 45th in the class by ESPN. Ali decided to reopen his commitment, but UConn remains an option along with Georgetown, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Nebraska and UCLA.

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