(WTNH)–Kevin Ollie has done it again.
The charismatic UConn coach has landed yet another highly-recruited high school guard, this time in Christian Vital, who spent last season at St. Thomas More in Oakdale.
Vital, who will play for the Huskies this fall, announced his commitment to the Huskies on Twitter Friday:
New England you stuck with through my hardships and struggles I’m glad I have the chance to repay you back! 🐾 #Huskies
— Christian CV Vital (@I_AMCV) April 29, 2016
The 6-2 combo guard chose UConn over Louisville and Iowa. He joins what was already one of the best recruiting classes in the nation, with McDonald’s All-American Alterique Gilbert (ranked 30th in the class by ESPN), 6-8 forward Vance Jackson (49th), 6-9 forward Juwan Durham (31st) and 6-8 power forward Mamadou Diarra (93rd). UConn also has VCU transfer Terry Larrier coming in this season.
Vital, who’s originally from Queens, played alongside Diarra in the regional game at the Jordan Brand Classic in New York, and has competed against Jalen Adams and others in the New England AAU circuit. His St. Thomas More team was part of the prep school national championship tournament held at Albertus Magnus in New Haven last month.
“He is Kevin Ollie,” St. Thomas More head coach told Rivals.com’s William S. Paxton. “He’s a relentless worker.”
His addition was likely motivated by the fact that the Huskies have already lost Daniel Hamilton, as the 6-7 forward declared for the NBA draft and decided to hire an agent. Guard Rodney Purvis has also declared for the draft, but hasn’t yet hired an agent and is still eligible to return to school.
Vital is ranked as the eighth-best player in the state of New York by ESPN. He originally committed to UNLV, before decommiting after the school fired head coach Dave Rice.
UConn’s recruiting class has been ranked as high as No. 3 by some national services. ESPN.com has the Huskies at ninth.
Here’s a video of Vital from 2013: