Rakim Lubin is in the UConn fold for next year. The power forward from Buford, Ga., who gave UConn a commitment last fall, signed his National Letter of Intent on Sunday, according to Julian Barfield, one of his high school coaches.
Barfied tweeted photos of Lubin signing his letter on Sunday to announce the news.
Lubin is 6-foot-8 and 240-250 pounds, considered a “three-star” recruit, the kind of front-court player UConn has lacked, with a powerful frame and physical nature. He had 37 points, 21 rebounds and five blocks in a state semifinal game this past season, and consistently reached double figures in scoring and rebounding to help Buford to a 28-6 record.
He was under the radar last summer, as he was hampered by a back problem, but UConn coaches got onto him in September. He was on campus to watch UConn’s first practice on Sept. 28 a grueling workout, and committed that night. At the time, the Buford head coach, Allen Whitehart, called Lubin a “quiet kid, but a monster on the court.”
Things were quiet through the season, as Lubin, who transferred from Alabama to Buford, near Atlanta, worked on his game and his academics. But apparently he has signed and UConn will be able to announce it, and comment, this week.
UConn already had a signed letter from guard Sam Cassell Jr. and a non-binding financial aid agreement with Daniel Hamilton, a wing player form LA.