Heading into Peach Jam in mid-July, Richie Springs was still mulling the possibility of committing to UConn as a member of the 2019 Class. Those who knew kept things quiet and made sure rumors didn’t begin to swirl. Things became a lot clearer to Springs soon after that 5-game stretch in South Carolina.
After battling through some struggles during both the 2019 NEPSAC and EYBL seasons, Springs took his frustrations out on PSA Cardinals opponents on the Nike circuit’s biggest stage while averaging 12.8 points and 13.4 rebounds against the best grassroots competition in the nation. He was consistently productive but far from content. Stepping up to the challenge at Peach Jam made him realize that he was ready for even bigger challenges in the future.
On Tuesday, Richie Springs committed to HC Dan Hurley and the University of Connecticut. He will join fellow MacDuffie-product James Bouknight, Akok Akok and Jalen Gaffney in the Huskies’ 2019 Recruiting Class, Hurley’s first at UConn.
Springs will get a late start compared to his fellow freshman and redshirting during the ‘19-‘20 campaign remains a possibility. Regardless of when Springs takes the court for a meaningful minute with the Huskies, the fact that Hurley has been able to secure the services of three of the highest ceiling prospects in the region can’t go overlooked. Neither can the type of talent that Springs brings to Storrs.
As a 6’10” Wing/Big who has established himself as a high level rebounder, smooth finisher in transition and versatile defender, Springs will put his valuable skillset on display as soon as he arrives on campus. And it will be a welcomed addition to the UConn program. Whether or not Hurley & Co. will have the patience to allow that skillset to fully mature and develop organically, while his Huskies await their return to the Big East in 2020, is another topic entirely.
It’s also a question that is better left to be answered at another time because today was a win in Storrs. And there should be even more wins and plenty of reasons to celebrate as Springs blossoms in Storrs over the next few years.