A 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)–Underachieving on the court, overachieving on the recruiting trail.

That’s been the story of the Kevin Ollie era at UConn, and it’ll continue at least until the 2017-18 season tips off.

The Huskies have another solid recruiting class coming in (ranked 23rd nationally by Scout.com), but any excitement about the immediate future of the program was tempered by the impending departures of talented freshman Vance Jackson and sophomore big man Steven Enoch, announced this week.

The Huskies now have three scholarships to fill, and it’s unclear whether they’ll come in the form of graduate transfers, Juco players, or high school de-commits.

Here’s the list of high school players the Huskies have landed so far:

Tyler Polley

6-8, 185 lbs., Small Forward

Weston, FL

The Sagemont School

The four-star prospect 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:

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