Injured UConn freshmen Alterique Gilbert, Juwan Durham cleared for contact

Durham (far left) and Gilbert (center) should both be ready for full contact when practice begins in October.

(WTNH)–Two of UConn’s heralded recruits have been cleared to practice, according to a report by Dom Amore of the Hartford Courant.

Freshman point guard Alterique Gilbert, who injured his shoulder in the Jordan Brand Classic high school All-Star Game in April, was cleared by doctors in his hometown of Atlanta, according to the report.

He’ll be checked by UConn doctors prior to the start of practice in October.

Freshman big man Juwan Durham, who suffered injuries to both ACL’s and hasn’t played since 2015, has also been cleared for full contact by doctors. The 6-9 Durham was the 52nd-ranked prospect in the Class of 2016.

Both players could have a major impact on the 2016-17 season, as UConn looks to replace guards Sterling Gibbs and Daniel Hamilton and forwards Shonn Miller and Phillip Nolan. Head coach Kevin Ollie has not ruled out the possibility of redshirting Durham, but would rather not see him miss another year of action, according to Amore.

An official date for UConn’s First Night, the start of practice, has not yet been announced. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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