It looked as if nearly every member of the UConn men’s basketball team was about to abandon ship last week, but perhaps the most important Husky decided over the weekend that he’s going to stay on board.
Guard Jalen Adams, the Huskies’ leading scorer in 2016-17 as a sophomore, announced that he would be returning to UConn for his junior season.
“After discussion with my family, my teammates, and coach (Kevin) Ollie, I believe I have made the best decision for my future,” Adams wrote on his Instagram account. “Freshman year was a dream come true to put on a UConn jersey for the first time and play in the NCAA Tournament. Unfor-tunately this past season did not go as planned.
“With that being said, my teammates and I have unfinished business. I have made the decision to return to the University of Connecticut for my junior year. Go Huskies.”
Adams will apparently not even put his name up for consideration for this spring’s NBA Draft, a move that is relatively common for the nation’s top players given that they have the ability to later withdraw their names.
Adams decision comes on the heels of a near mass exodus from the program. Center Steven Enoch and forward Vance Jackson plan to transfer. Incoming freshman Makai Ashton-Langford has asked to be released from his letter of intent and has re-opened his recruitment. In addition to the players, both associate head coach Glen Miller and strength coach Travis Illian were forced to resign.
The Huskies replaced Miller with Raphael Chillious, a highly regarded recruiter who has served as an assistant at Washington and Villanova previously.
The Huskies went 16-17 this season, their worst mark in 30 years. Although beset with injuries, Adams was a rather bright spot. He averaged a team-high 14.4 points per game to go along with 4.3 rebounds and 6.1 assists.
It does appear that another player whom it had been rumored had been thinking about transferring will be staying put. Guard Christian Vital wrote on his Twitter account Saturday “Don’t believe everything you hear!”