The UConn menâ€™s basketball team is becoming a family, just as Dan Hurley predicted it would. The Huskiesâ€™coach likely wasnâ€™t being so literal when he said as much in recent years, however.
Andrew Hurley, Danâ€™s son, will join the Huskies this season as a walk-on.
A 6-foot-1 guard who played at East Catholic High in Manchester for the past two seasons, Andew Hurley, who goes by Drew, was a key factor in helping the Eagles go 23-1 this season before the CIACâ€™s decision to cancel the postseason due to the coronavirus. East Catholic went 27-1 in 2018-19 and won the Division I state title with Hurley on the roster.
When his father was coach at Rhode Island, Andrew Hurley attended and played basketball at Ocean State power Bishop Hendricken in Warwick.
Two of the last three UConn head coaches have now coached their sons. Jeff Calhoun played for his father, Jim, during the 1990s.
â€śI am excited to add my son, Andrew, to our basketball program,â€ť Dan Hurley said in a statement. â€śHis experience at East Catholic, playing for one of the stateâ€™s best programs and one of the best coaches (Luke Reilly), will add to the mindset that we are developing at UConn.
â€śAndrew is an athletic guard who can shoot and is a hard worker. He has grown up in and around all the players and programs that I have ever led and his understanding of our standards will add to the emerging culture of family and excellence.â€ť
The Huskies had already exhausted their allotment of scholarships before the younger Hurleyâ€™s addition, but his status as a walk-on made the addition possible.
UConn, like many college basketball programs, is awaiting word on what the 2020-21 season will look like. COVID-19 concerns could alter or even cancel the season, it appears. Many small collegiate conferences have decided that fall sports will not be played this season, and many fear those decisions will soon apply to winter sports and to larger conferences.
The majority of the Husky players are on campus now, participating in voluntary workouts. None have tested positive for the virus. Beginning this week, teams are allowed under NCAA rules to begin practicing in small groups with supervision by the coaching staff.
UConn went 19-12 in 2019-20, and was about to begin play in the American Athletic Conference tournament when the event was cancelled for safety reason.