UConn Basketball has just filled its final open scholarship for the 2020-2021 season with the commitment of Adama Sanogo. Here’s why Sanogo chose UConn and how he can impact the Huskies
Adama Sanogo announced that he would be committing to UConn Basketball and reclassifying from the class of 2021 to the class of 2020. The 6-9 forward from Mali played his high school ball with The Patrick School in Hillside New Jersey, with the likes of Jonathan Kuminga and Noah Farrakhan. Sanogo picked UConn over Seton Hall, Maryland, Nebraska, and Pittsburgh.
Sanogo is someone that will be fighting for important minutes as soon as he steps on campus, the skilled big has said he tries to model his game off NBA All-Star Joel Embiid. A monster on the boards, Sanogo has a soft touch and has a nice skillset on offense.
RJ Cole may have played a big role for the Huskies in getting Sanogo to side with the Huskies, Cole had apparently been in constant contact with Sanogo the past three weeks according to The Patrick School coach Chris Chavvanes.
Chavvanes also said “(UConn) did a phenomenal job recruiting him. He told me a couple of weeks ago he was going to Seton Hall”. Coaches did a nice job down the stretch of convincing Sanogo UConn was going to be the best fit to develop Sanogo into an NBA talent.
UConn has seen a real upgrade in incoming talent since the arrival of Dan Hurley in Storrs. Sanogo will be joined by the additions of Rhode Island transfer Tyrese Martin, a likely candidate to sit next year, four-star stud Andre Jackson, and four-star Javonte Brown-Ferguson this season. UConn will also have Howard transfer RJ Cole and Richard Springs eligible.
Looking ahead to next season UConn will have quite a few returners including three seniors in the frontcourt with Josh Carlton, Tyler Polley, and Isaiah Whaley. All three should be big-time contributors for the Huskies this season.
Polley will be coming back from an ACL tear but is expected to be ready for the start of the season. Akok Akok, on the other hand, is not expected to be ready until the start of Big East play. There’s a lot of talent and a lot of experience on this UConn team.
The odds of UConn causing big damage in both the Big East and NCAA Basketball overall has increased with Sanogo coming on board. This is a potential season-changing addition for the Huskies as Dan Hurley continues to make strides in rebuilding UConn.