UConn Basketball: Huskies get commitment from Rhode Island Transfer Tyrese Martin

UConn Basketball gets a commitment from former Rhode Island Guard Tyrese Martin, here’s what Martin will bring to the table for the Huskies.

Former Rhode Island guard Tyrese Martin announced Tuesday that he would be joining Dan Hurley and UConn basketball. Martin chose the Huskies over Ole Miss, Oregon, Georgia, and Seton Hall. He averaged 12.8 points and seven rebounds per game last season as a Ram where he started all 30 games. Martin is likely to have to sit out next season before having two more years to play.

He actually committed to a Dan Hurley lead program back in September of 2017 when Dan Hurley was still the coach at Rhode Island. Martin is an extremely athletic guard at 6’6 and is able to thrive out on the wing. His ability to get to and finish at the hoop is second to none, his ability to create his own shot will be a huge benefit to the Huskies.

UConn lost Sid Wilson this past week as he announced he would be transferring opening up another scholarship and Dan Hurley and company have been aggressive in finding talent to fill the rest of the roster.

Since Martin likely has to sit one year, he might be considered a replacement for James Bouknight for when he inevitably declares to the draft. It’s really unlikely UConn will get all four years out of Bouknight. Hurley is planning for the future with this commitment and there’s nothing wrong with that.

UConn will still have one more scholarship available for the upcoming season with highly touted Virginia Tech transfer Landers Nolley set to take a virtual visit with the Huskies this past Monday.

There are a few other names in the portal that UConn has reached out to and have been in discussions with a few high school prospects that may be reclassifying to 2020. The Dan Hurley rebuild continues and the staff will be very pleased with the addition of Martin.