Kevin Ollie and the UConn Huskies have added their second verbal commitment for the class of 2017 in Josh Carlton, a power forward who plays for the powerhouse hoops program at DeMatha Catholic High in Maryland.
UConn offered Carlton shortly after new assistant coach Dwayne Killings joined the Huskies’ staff. He then made a visit on move-in weekend at the end of August.
"I have the best relationship with Coach Killings. He's just told me what UConn has to offer me and the impact I could have there," the rising senior told UConn Report after receiving his offer.
He is known for his rebounding and shot-blocking, but the Maryland native also has great hands to make plays around the basket. Carlton chose UConn over offers from Cincinnati, Southern Cal, Xavier, Providence, Maryland, Kansas State, and others.
I am beyond blessed to announce that I have committed to the University of Connecticut #GoHuskies pic.twitter.com/zXGSgdPkwK— Josh Carlton (@JoshuaCarlton33) September 14, 2016
Carlton’s high school teammate, 4-star small forward D.J. Harvey, is another key target for the Huskies. He will be making an official visit to UConn in late-September.
The newest Husky commit joins Makai Ashton-Langford on UConn's commitment list for the class of 2017. Ollie and his staff still have a few openings to fill with a couple of open scholarships going into this season and then Rodney Purvis, Amida Brimah, and Kentan Facey graduating after it.
Given the schools who had offered and others who were interested, this is a strong pickup for the Huskies, who will likely look to be adding at least two more to the 2017 recruiting haul.