Lasan Kromah: “I Can Be A Game-Changer” for UConn

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… Just spoke with the newest Husky, Lasan Kromah, who is transferring from George Washington as a fifth-year senior.

Kromah, a 6-foot-6 combo guard, graduated from GW last Saturday, earning his degree in criminal justice. He will go for a master’s degree in cognitive learning at UConn, and plans to begin classes during the second summer session in July.

“I had a great experience at GW, my four years there,” Kromah said, “but once I earned my degree, I just felt like it was time to move on, study something new and maybe play at a higher level.”

Kromah is from Greenbelt, Md., right outside Washington, so he has been close to home his entire career. He was recruited by Karl Hobbs, who was then the Colonials’ head coach. As a freshman, Kromah led GW in steals and in made three-pointers, averaging 11.8 points per game and making the Atlantic 10 All-Rookie team.

“Coach Hobbs and I had a good relationship,” Kromah said, “But I just played that one year for him.”

Kromah missed his entire sophomore year with a serious foot injury, a lisfranc sprain of the left foot, and by the time he came back, Hobbs was gone.

“When I couldn’t play and had to sit on the bench, it gave me a different perspective,” Kromah said. “I became more vocal, I tried to become a team leader even though, officially, I couldn’t do anything. The next year, when I came back, it was natural for me to become a team leader, physically as well as vocally.”

Kromah started as a junior, but came off the bench most of his senior season. Nevertheless, he scored in double figures both years.  Once he got his release, UConn, where Hobbs is an assistant coach, seemed a natural fit. UConn was pleased with its experience with R.J. Evans, who played as a grad student last year, and was open to another fifth-year transfer.

“UConn told me, if they had a scholarship available, they’d be interested,” Kromah said, “fortunately, a scholarship came open.”

That scholarship had belonged to Enosch Wolf. UConn had decided that Wolf, who was suspended from  the team since his on-campus arrest in February would not get his scholarship back for his senior season. He must try to make the team as a walk-on, if he decides to return.  With the scholarship now available, Kromah visited UConn last week, had a long talk with Kevin Ollie, and told the coaches on Tuesday afternoon he would accept their offer and come to Storrs.

“I just got a good vibe when I was there,” Kromah said, “talking to coach Ollie and a lot of the players. I just felt comfortable.”

So Kromah, a slasher-type, will play for the Huskies next year, joining am experienced team that’s pretty stacked, especially on the perimeter.

“I can score, I can rebound,” Kromah said, “with my athletic ability, my size, my length, I feel like I can be a game-changer … an impact player.”


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