(WTNH)–The college basketball offseason rumor mill is in full swing, and if you’re asking yourself, “There’s a college basketball rumor mill?,” relax.
With all of the transfers and one-year graduate players in college basketball these days, players move around more than ever before. Now, incoming freshmen aren’t the only guys who can help your team next year. Transfers can have a huge impact on a team, much like Oklahoma’s Tyshawn Thomas, and Oregon’s Joseph Young (both from Houston) did last season.
Forward Tyler Harris has said that he wants out of Providence, and although he first toyed with the idea of entering the NBA Draft, the school recently announced that he will transfer instead.
TheUConnBlog.com reported on Thursday that Harris has met with UConn.
Tyler, the younger brother of Orlando Magic forward Tobias Harris, averaged 9.9 points and 4 rebounds as a sophomore last season, down from 11.6 ppg and 5.1 rpg in 2013-14. His minutes dwindled as the season came to a close, and it was clear that he and head coach Ed Cooley were not seeing eye-to-eye.
The 6-9 forward would be a huge addition for UConn. He’s long, athletic, and could give the Huskies some scoring and rebounding punch, which they desperately need.
Still, this is by no means a slam dunk. According to TheUConnBlog, he’s got a list of schools he’s considering, including Arizona, Georgia Tech, UMass, Nebraska, and Tennessee, among others.
Earlier on Friday, the Hartford Courant reported that Cornell forward Shonn Miller is scheduled to visit UConn as well. Miller is a 6-7 forward who averaged 16.8 points and 8.5 rebounds per game last season. He was named first-team All-Ivy League.
Miller redshirted his junior year, and since the Ivy League doesn’t allow fifth-year players, he’s looking for a place to play next season.
For a comprehensive list of transfers, check out VerbalCommits.com.