An updated look at the UConn men’s basketball recruiting class: 2017-18

Connecticut head coach Kevin Ollie reacts during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Cincinnati in Storrs, Conn., Sunday, March 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

(WTNH)–(WTNH)–They’ve underachieved on the court, and (until this offseason) overachieved on the recruiting trail.

That’s been the story of the Kevin Ollie era at UConn, but as prized recruit Makai Ashton-Langford ditched the Huskies for Providence, and several other players on the team decided to transfer, it’s begun to, as Yogi Berra would say, get late early in Storrs.

UConn has landed three players so far in this year’s class, including recent signee Isaiah “Pork Chop” Whaley.

Here’s a look at who they are:

Tyler Polley

6-8, 185 lbs., Small Forward

Weston, FL

The Sagemont School

The lanky 6-8 forward is a four-star prospect and ESPN Top 100 recruit. He’s got athletic genes, as his father Tommy was a linebacker for the St. Louis Rams, among other teams, and played in Super Bowl XXXVI.

According to the New Haven Register’s David Borges, new assistant Dwayne Killings was a major reason Polley ended up at Connecticut. Killings was heavily involved in the recruiting of Polley while at Temple, and when he was hired with the Huskies, he advocated for him to Kevin Ollie.

Polley says he models his game after Paul George, and says he can do “a little bit of everything.” Like a lot of recent UConn commits, the 2014 championship run inspired him, as did Kevin Ollie’s relationship with his players and thorough NBA connections. The 6-7 Fort Lauderdale native chose UConn over Florida State, Oklahoma State, and Dayton, among others.

He might be asked to take on a bigger role in the absence of Jackson, and based on the description of his game, he might be the only player who can replace him.

Check out some of his highlights:

Josh Carlton

6-9, 235 lbs., Power Forward/Center

Winterville, NC

DeMatha Catholic High School

The 6-9 power forward is a talented low-post player, and can finish around the rim. If the Huskies can start developing their bigs, he could be a solid replacement for Enoch, who was dissatisfied with his own progress since arriving in Storrs.

Check out some of his highlights:

Isaiah Whaley

6-9, 190 lbs., Forward

Gastonia, North Carolina

Mount Zion Prep (Baltimore)

The Mount Zion Prep (Baltimore, Md.) big man also considered Seton Hall and Miami of Ohio, according to Daniels. He says he picked UConn because he likes the Huskies’ “high-tempo” offense, and said he formed a bond with Kevin Ollie.

Whaley, who’s 6-9, 190 pounds, also has the nickname “Pork Chop,” apparently because he told his fifth grade teacher that was his favorite food.

The three-star prospect from Gastonia, North Carolina joins Josh Carlton and Tyler Polley in the Huskies’ 2017 recruiting class. Fordham transfer Antwoine Anderson and former South Carolina forward Eric Cobb are also coming in for next season.

“I can help them immediately with my defense and running the floor,” Whaley told Scout. “I feel when they put more weight on me I can help more inside.”

Check out a short highlight clip of “Pork Chop” below: 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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