The UConn men’s basketball team picked up its second addition of the offseason as Fordham’s Antwoine Anderson committed to the Huskies after his visit yesterday, according to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman. Anderson will be eligible immediately as a graduate transfer.
Last season, Anderson started all 32 games for the Rams and averaged 11.1 points-per-game for the Rams of the A-10 Conference. He was just one of two players to start every game and led the team with 33.6 minutes per game.
The junior became the go-to player for Fordham as he hit a pair of game-winning buzzer beaters, one in the double overtime at St. Joseph’s and another against VCU a few weeks later. But Anderson isn’t known for his shooting ability. He hit just .344 from behind the arc last season and only shot four per game.
However, Anderson gives UConn depth in the backcourt. With the departures of Steven Enoch, Juwan Durham, Vance Jackson and 2017 signee Makai Ashton-Langford, the Huskies only had three guards and seven players total.
With Antwoine Anderson joining UConn next year, here's the updated scholarship grid. 4 scholarships for next year. pic.twitter.com/0pbe5KomQC— tcf15 (@tcf_15) April 15, 2017
Anderson joins a group of guards which includes Jalen Adams, Christian Vital and Alterique Gilbert. With just three guards last season after Gilbert went down with injury, the Huskies struggled with depth at times due to injuries and foul trouble.
The addition of Anderson shouldn’t impact UConn’s pursuit of Tremont Waters, either. Anderson is currently the fourth option at guard and Waters would push him down to fifth. The Huskies still have minutes available for both players next season.
Kevin Ollie and his staff are still heavily involved on the recruiting trial with four scholarships open. Forward Mamoudou Diarra, previously committed to Washington, made his official visit yesterday along with F Damien Williams, a grad transfer from St. John’s. They also have junior college transfer Eric Cobb coming in.
The Huskies will still need to add a few more players in the next few weeks to fill out the roster and ease some of the tensions in the fanbase.