(WTNH)–The UConn men received three National Letters of Intent on Friday, officially adding prized recruit Makai Ashton-Langford , Tyler Polley and Josh Carlton.
Langford, a 6-2, 185-pound guard from Worcester, Mass., is ranked as the 33rd-best prospect in the Class of 2017 by ESPN. He announced his commitment to UConn back in September, choosing the Huskies over Providence and Louisville, among others.
“Makai is a great point guard from the Boston area, where we’ve done a real good job recruiting in the last few years,” head coach Kevin Ollie said in a statement. “He’s just a great kid. He’s got quickness, he’s explosive, and he can shoot the ball. And he’s with a great program at Brewster Academy, as he gets ready to come to UConn.”
Langford also played AAU ball for Mass Rivals, where he was a teammate for two years with current Huskies guard Jalen Adams. Last year, he helped Cushing Academy win the AA New England Prep School Championship, averaging 22 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists per game.
Polley, a 6-7, 185-pound wing from Weston, Florida, is rated as a four-star prospect by ESPN and was a consenus Top-100 recruit.
According to a press release sent out by UConn, Polley was an honor roll student in high school, and his father, Tommy, was a standout linebacker at Florida State and played five years in the NFL.
“Tyler is the type of long, athletic wing that we love,” Ollie said. “He can get out in transition and his mid-range game is great. He is working on his ballhandling so he can even be more versatile, but he can already play multiple positions. We’ve going to love having him at UConn.”
Polley averaged 16.2 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game last season for The Sagemont School in Florida.
Carlton, a 6-9, 230-pound forward, lives in Hyattsville, Md., and is part of the prestigious basketball program at DeMatha Catholic.
“Josh is a very skilled big man who reminds me of (sophomore) Steve Enoch a little bit, with his skill set,” Ollie said. “He really understands the game, coming from a great high school program at DeMatha. He’s well-coached. He’s going to come in and give us a great rebounding big who can play out on the perimeter also. He, also, is versatile and we want our guys to be versatile and have a great basketball IQ.”
After moving to Maryland from Winterville, N.C., Carlton helped DeMatha to a 33-5 record last year as he averaged 11.1 points, 11.7 rebounds, 3.2 blocks per game and shot 62 percent from the floor.
“Josh played his best in our biggest games,” said DeMatha coach Mike Jones. “He went through an adjustment, being new, but he has had a great spring, summer and fall. We are all looking forward to him having a dominant senior season as he prepares for UConn.”