UConn men's basketball adds Springs to 2019 recruiting class

Published on Friday, 9 August 2019 18:10
Written by Neill Ostrout

Journal Inquirer

The UConn men’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.

“We are thrilled to add Richie to the program,” Hurley said in a statement. “He gives us a versatile frontcourt player with a ton of upside to complete a very strong 2019 recruiting class for us. We’ll be excited to follow up with another great class in 2020.”

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.

“Richie is an unbelievable person, very bright and very, very coachable,” said Jacque Rivera, Springs’ coach at MacDuffie. “Speaking 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.

“On the court, I don’t think he’s even begun to scratch the surface of who he’s going to be as an athlete. He’s got a high floor, and a high ceiling. He’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 sky’s the limit for him.”

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.

“I have thought long and hard about this decision,” Springs said. “I 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.

“I am extremely excited to join the Husky family.”

UConn’s Class of 2019 includes Springs, Bouknight, guard Jalen Gaffney and forward Akok Akok, the last of which redshirted after enrolling in the spring.

Posted in The Bristol Press, UConn on Friday, 9 August 2019 18:10. Updated: Friday, 9 August 2019 18:12.