According to the New Haven Register’s Dave Borges, the UConn Huskies men’s basketball team will be playing in some marquee early-season tournaments for the first few years of the Dan Hurley era.
In Borges’ article from Monday, he reports that the Huskies will play in the Charleston Classic, an ESPN-sponsored event, in 2019. Right now, Borges mentions Florida as a possible opponent in the field, but we should know more about the eight-team 2019 field in the next few weeks.
On top of this, Borges mentioned that the Huskies are likely to have a spot in Nike’s PK85 tournament in 2022. PK85, which will celebrate the 85th anniversary of Nike founder Phil Knight, will be loaded with other prestigious Nike programs and will likely be similar in many ways to the PK80 tournament last season, where the Huskies played Oregon, Michigan State and Arkansas and everyone wore “special” uniforms.
The UConn women’s basketball team was also involved in PK80, and while Borges didn’t mention anything about their involvement, it wouldn’t be surprising if Geno Auriemma’s squad is involved as well if there’s a women’s hoops event.
Borges also mentioned that the Huskies will play in some of their usual early season tournaments like the Battle 4 Atlantis and Maui Invitational “over the next few years.”
Jon Rothstein reported the other participants for the Charlestown Classic.
Sources: UConn, Florida, Xavier, Miami, Penn State, Saint Joseph's, Towson, and Missouri State will headline the 2019 Charleston Classic.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) October 23, 2018