Not Done, But UConn Appears Close to Landing Sam Cassell Jr.

by Categorized: Kevin Ollie, Sam Cassell Jr., UConn men's basketball

It’s not done just yet, but it looks like UConn will soon land point guard Sam Cassell Jr.

On Sunday, Jody Demling, publisher of the website Cardinal Authority tweeted that Louisville  was no longer recruiting Cassell Jr., who had narrowed his choices to UConn and Louisville. This weekend, UConn associate head coach Glen Miller was seen in Tallahassee, Fla., watching Cassell Jr. play for Chipola in a Juco jamboree.

It appeared Louisville, which had spent a lot of time on Cassell earlier in the week, did not have a staff there.

Cassell Jr., whose father was an NBA point guard for 15 seasons and is now an assistant coach with the Washington Wizards, had not committed as of Sunday night, but UConn could get the good word in the next day or two.

Sam Cassell and UConn coach Kevin Ollie were teammates with the Bucks in 2002-03. Cassell Jr., 6-foot-4, is often compared to his father in terms of skills and basketball intelligence. He committed to Maryland last year, but was declared academically ineligible by the NCAA, which did not accept some of his prep school credits. He went to Chipola, in Florida, but concentrated last season on academics.

He visited several schools, coming to UConn the Sept. 21, the weekend of the football game vs, Michigan and the Jim Calhoun Tribute. He visited Louisville a few days later.



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