UConn freshman Vance Jackson announces decision to transfer

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(WTNH)–UConn freshman Vance Jackson has announced that he plans to transfer from the school.

The talented 6-8 forward made the announcement on Twitter Tuesday afternoon:

Jackson, who was a four-star prospect and ranked in ESPN’s Top 100 coming into last season, was part of the Huskies’ prized “Top 5” recruiting class last year.

That class, which also included point guard Alterique Gilbert, shooting guard Christian Vital and big men Juwan Durham and Mamadou Diarra, was ranked in the top 5 nationally by several recruiting services.

It didn’t amount to much on the court last year though, as Gilbert and Diarra missed the season due to injury, and Durham averaged just 1.6 points in 8 minutes per game. Vital (9.1 ppg) and Jackson (8.1 ppg) were the biggest freshman contributors.

Jackson struggled to find his way at times early this season, but came on late, averaging 3.8 boards and 1.4 assists to go with his 8.1 ppg. He scored in double figures in four of his last six games, and was named to the All-AAC Rookie Team.

The Los Angeles native and Prolific Prep (Napa, Calif.) grad chose UConn over California, among other schools. The buzz on Twitter Tuesday was that Jackson may end up back on the west coast.

Jackson’s father told The New London Day’s Gavin Keefe that his son “needed to go somewhere else to utilize his skills.” He said distance from home wasn’t a factor in the decision.

It’s been a tumultous week for the program, as strength and conditioning coach Travis Illian left the school last Thursday, and longtime assistant Glen Miller was let go on Saturday.

On Monday, Huskies sophomore big man Steven Enoch also announced that he would transfer from the school.

Enoch, a Norwalk native, also said he believed it was best for his development to leave the program. His father told the New London Day that UConn’s guard-oriented system wasn’t the right fit.

UConn now has three scholarships to fill for next season, after adding former South Carolina forward Eric Cobb earlier this month.

The Huskies have the No. 23 ranked recruiting class coming in, according to Scout.com.

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