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Touted guard Jalen Adams picks UConn

Jalen Adams (adidas)
Jalen Adams (adidas)

The Connecticut Huskies landed an important recruit on Monday, as 6′-2″ guard Jalen Adams of Cushing Academy (NH) announced his commitment via Twitter.

Adams, who runs on the grassroots circuit for the Mass Rivals, held scholarship offers from the Kansas Jayhawks, Louisville Cardinals and many others before picking his “dream school”, UConn. He joins Georgia guard Will Jackson in the ’15 class for the Huskies.

Given UConn’s recent success with guard-oriented lineups, it’s reasonable to assume that Adams and Jackson can play very well alongside each other. Adams’ commitment comes on the heels for Prince Ali, a Florida shooting guard, re-opening his UConn pledge.

Hoopniks.com considers Adams the No. 4 point guard nationally, though he can excel in either guard slot due to his athleticism and versatility. Additionally, it was a classy move for Adams to announce his pledge on the eve of July’s live evaluation period, so college basketball coaches wouldn’t waste time tracking a player they had no hope of landing.

As a sophomore, Adams played alongside of incoming Syracuse Orange lead guard Kaleb Joseph for the Mass Rivals. This year, the Rivals were his team, and he led the way with 22.2 points, 5.6 rebounds and over 4 assists per game on the adidas Uprising circuit. He will need to continue to develop his outside stroke to keep defenders honest, but needless to say Adams is a huge addition for the reigning national champions.

Head coach Kevin Ollie has the UConn program running on all cylinders now, and it is reflected by their returns on the recruiting trail. Other than losing Ali, the Huskies are in fine form and could be on the way to a top-25 national recruiting class.

About K.J. Hassenstab

K.J. Hassenstab is the publisher of the College Basketball Newcomers Guide book and Hoopniks.com. He founded Hoopniks.com in 2009, and has contributed to SlamOnline, Dime Magazine's HighSchoolHoop.com, and NBCSports.com, along with other publications in the past. Hassenstab has covered grassroots, high school and basketball recruiting for over a decade. Follow on Twitter, @Hoopniks.

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