The turnover for UConn Men’s Basketball continues. After Glen Miller’s firing, Raphael Chillious’ hiring and the transfers of Steven Enoch and Vance Jackson, Class of 2017 recruit Makai Ashton-Langford has received his release from the program.
He announced his decision with a tweet on Friday, saying that he has reopened his commitment “due to recent turn of events,” likely a reference to the firing of associate head coach Glen Miller.
Ashton-Langford committed to the Huskies on Sep. 5, kicking off a span of three verbal commitments to Kevin Ollie’s team for 2017 in 15 days.
“At first, it was mainly because of Coach Miller leaving that made me think about it," Ashton-Langford told ESPN, "but as I started to do that, I realized I kind of made my first decision spontaneously right after my visit."
He also said he would be looking for more immediate opportunity to contribute. With Jalen Adams, Alterique Gilbert and Christian Vital already on the roster, it was possible that he would not see very much playing time his freshman year.
Ashton-Langford is a talented guard who spent his senior season with Brewster Academy, Adams’ alma mater. Adams and Ashton-Langford also played on the same grassroots team, Mass Rivals.
Rivals rated him 38th in their latest rankings of the Class of 2017 and ESPN has him at 36th. UConn beat out Louisville and Providence for Ashton-Langford’s commitment in the fall.