The UConn menâ€™s basketball team made the final piece of its 2019 recruiting class official on Thursday with the announcement that power forward Richie Springs has signed a financial aid agreement with the school.
The 6-foot-9 Springs, a New York native who graduated from the MacDuffie School in Granby, Massachusetts, verbally committed to play for coach Dan Hurley earlier this week following a visit to the campus.
â€śWe are thrilled to add Richie to the program,â€ť Hurley said in a statement. â€śHe gives us a versatile frontcourt player with a ton of upside to complete a very strong 2019 recruiting class for us. Weâ€™ll be excited to follow up with another great class in 2020.â€ť
Springs, 17, was a teammate of fellow incoming freshman James Bouknight at MacDuffie. He spent his first two years of high school at Bishop Loughlin in Brooklyn.
â€śRichie is an unbelievable person, very bright and very, very coachable,â€ť said Jacque Rivera, Springsâ€™ coach at MacDuffie. â€śSpeaking non-athletically, UConn is getting a young man who is caring, selfless and, most importantly, a hard worker in all facets of life. He comes from a great foundation.
â€śOn the court, I donâ€™t think heâ€™s even begun to scratch the surface of who heâ€™s going to be as an athlete. Heâ€™s got a high floor, and a high ceiling. Heâ€™s a versatile 6-9, steps out and shoots it, rebounds well out of his area. Once he gets a little bit stronger, I think the skyâ€™s the limit for him.â€ť
Springs had scholarship offers from Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Illinois, Seton Hall and Wake Forest, among others, before opting to join the Huskies. He originally had planned to spend a post-graduate year at Brewster Academy in New Hampshire but changed his mind and decided to enroll in college now.
â€śI have thought long and hard about this decision,â€ť Springs said. â€śI was all set to do another year of school at Brewster Academy, but after speaking with my family and weighing my options, the relationship that I have developed with Coach Hurley and Coach Kimani (Young) and the opportunity to play at a storied program like UConn was too much to pass up.
â€śI am extremely excited to join the Husky family.â€ť
UConnâ€™s Class of 2019 includes Springs, Bouknight, guard Jalen Gaffney and forward Akok Akok, the last of which redshirted after enrolling in the spring.