With college basketball’s regular signing period winding down and scholarships still available, UConn and Georgetown both signed interior players with an eye towards the future. Both schools had been in the mix for adding additional frontcourt prospects, and multiple reports are out that the Huskies landed German forward Leon Tolksdorf, while Florida-native Bradley Hayes is headed to Georgetown.
There was no secret that Connecticut needed to fill out next season’s roster, given the dispersal of numerous players from the 2011-2012 team to transfer and NBA early entry. Tolksdorf reportedly played for LBA Berlin II in Germany, where the Hartford Courant stated he averaged 14.2 minutes and 5.2 points. It’s no surprise for a German player to be at UConn, with two returners that are natives of the country in Niels Giffey and Enosch Wolf already on the team. It remains to be seen what kind of impact Tolksdorf can have, though apparently has a strength in shooting from the perimeter.
Georgetown also landed a big man in Sandalwood (FL) center Bradley Hayes. According to Jacksonville.com, Hayes held scholarship offers from UConn and other high-major programs prior to making his decision. Though the Hoyas missed out on Nerlens Noel, the nation’s top center who signed with Kentucky, they will have two big men in this class that are long on potential in Hayes and fellow signee Brandon Bolden.
Bullish combo guard D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera is also in the class for the Hoyas, who are awaiting word from top-25 prospect Devonta Pollard, though their chances appear to have diminished with assistant coach Robert Kirby departing for LSU. Kirby was a huge factor in recruiting Pollard to Georgetown, as well as several other current members of the roster. With that said, Georgetown’s class may end up with Hayes, Bolden and Smith-Rivera.