Rahsool Diggins knows how Dan Hurley can be a bit, perhaps, boisterous during UConn basketball games. But that’s one of the reasons Diggins has decided to play for him.
“I like the intensity from the staff,” Diggins said. “Coach Hurley’s not one to sit on his hands on the sidelines. He’s into the game with you. You make a play, he’s hyped.
“Of course, you get scored on and he’s angry. He’s intense.”
Diggins will experience both ends of the spectrum next year in Storrs.
Diggins, a point guard from the Philadelphia area who is ranked among the top 50 players in the Class of 2021, said Sunday that he has committed to play for UConn and Hurley.
The 6-foot-2, 180-pound Diggins is ranked No. 41 among rising seniors according to Rivals.com. He is No. 54 in 247sports.com’s composite rankings.
He chose the Huskies over offers from Villanova, Kansas and Miami, among others. His high school coach John Mosco said Florida and North Carolina also came on late to inquire about Diggins.
“A great fit. And it’s not too far from home, not too close,” Diggins said of UConn. “Great program, great staff, great atmosphere.”
On the heels of gathering an impressive group of recruits in 2020, Hurley and his staff have landed their first player in the Class of 2021.
Diggins revealed his choice Sunday but called Hurley and assistant coach Tom Moore early Friday morning to offer his pledge.
A standout at Archbishop Wood in Warminster, Pennsylvania, Diggins has drawn some comparisons to former Husky guard A.J. Price, Mosco said.
Mosco described Diggins as “very crafty” at getting to the basket and is a good shooter.
“He’s more of a one (point guard), scoring guard but he can play off the ball. He doesn’t need the ball in his hands all the time,” Mosco said.
Diggins was an impact player immediately after arriving at Archbishop Wood, his coach says, and has developed into a star.
“Started as a freshman for us and was player of the year in the Catholic league as a junior, which is huge,” Mosco said.
Diggins may have to work on his defense a bit when he gets to Storrs, but Mosco believes he’s quite capable. Diggins has extremely long arms - Mosco called them “Gumby arms” - and has the ability to deflect and tip a lot of passes.
“When he first came here as a freshman he was really good defensively. He’ll have to pick that back up to play for Danny,” Mosco said.