On Friday, former St. John’s forward Sidney Wilson committed to UConn. The New York Post’s Zach Braziller reported on Wednesday that Wilson would transfer from St. John’s, just three months after he gave his pledge to the school over UConn and Texas.
On Tuesday, UConn made the news official and announced Wilson has enrolled at the school.
Wilson was a four-star recruit in the Class of 2017 and graduated from Brewster Academy in New Hampshire, alma mater of current Husky Jalen Adams and former commit Makai Ashton-Langford, who he won the National Prep Championship with.
Per NCAA transfer rules, Wilson must sit out the 2017-18 season, but Kevin Ollie has applied for a waiver. Wilson announced his transfer before the beginning of fall classes at St. John’s, so it’s possible they might go for it.
Listed at 6-foot-6, 175 pounds, Wilson could prove himself valuable as a wing player, whether he is immediately eligible or not. He could allow the taller Terry Larrier to move to power forward and put some serious scoring punch on the court with a combination of Alterique Gilbert, Jalen Adams and Christian Vital.
ESPN’s Adam Finkelstein compared Wilson to former UConn player Stanley Robinson, who had a up-and-down career in Storrs but was an explosive athlete and a force to be reckoned with during UConn’s Final Four run in 2009.
Wilson may remind UConn fans of Stanley Robinson - elite level bounce, not quite as athletic laterally or with 1st step, best around rim. https://t.co/9blPxaVoBq— Adam Finkelstein (@AdamFinkelstein) September 1, 2017
If he’s not immediately eligible, it’s definitely possible that he could replace Larrier, who is a candidate to be taken in the next year’s NBA Draft.