Question: Hey, Dom. [Adam] Zagoria blogged that Bradley Hayes has UConn in his final four group of schools. What impact do you think he’d make next year IF he were to hop on board? Big, athletic body who can rebound is a huge void as of now and the kid realizes he’ll be in school a few years. …
A: Yes, Todd, as you mention, Zag blogged on Thursday that Hayes, a 6-foot-11 center from Jacksonville has narrowed it down to four schools and UConn is one of them, and I did hear Hayes’ name at Gampel later in the day. … This would, of course, be a great get for the Huskies staff – exactly the kind of player the program needs. Hayes has missed time with injuries, so his basketball experience is limited. He needs playing time, which UConn can certainly offer at that position next year, and more than one year. After a season of growing pains in a less-pressurized setting, with no postseason, he could really be developed for 2013-14.
Here is what Hayes told Zagoria about UConn:
“I like the history that the school has of putting big men into the league. They recently hey had Andre Drummond but everybody else they put in, like [Hasheem] Thabeet and a lot of other people. I just like their history of putting big men into the league because that’s my main goal.”