(WTNH)–The newcomers on this UConn men’s basketball team are continuing to put in work this summer.
The incoming freshmen are looking to contribute right away for Kevin Ollie’s team, and they should have that chance, as several key players (Sterling Gibbs, Daniel Hamilton, Shonn Miller, Phillip Nolan) from last season’s 25-11 squad are gone.
On Thursday, the self-named “Top 5” showed their faces to the media.
Christian Vital, a 6-2 guard from Queens, was highly-rated coming out of high school. He played last season at St. Thomas More in Oakdale, leading that team to the national prep school championship game.
Vital originally committed to UNLV before de-committing and choosing UConn over Louisville.
He’s a quick, hard-working guard who has gotten the most out of his gifts, kind of like his head coach, Kevin Ollie.
Vital says he’s excited to play alongside fellow freshman guard Alterique Gilbert.
“I think we’re going to mesh extremely well. He’s become my brother already and we’ve been here for like four or five weeks,” Vital said. “How we speak to each other about playing basketball, the things we like to do on the court, I don’t see any problem with us co-existing.”