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Emmitt Matthews, Jr. announces release from UConn NLI

The wing from Washington has not ruled out coming to Storrs but has re-opened his recruitment.

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Earlier this month, 2018 UConn signee James Akinjo was released from his National Letter of Intent, and on Wednesday Emmitt Matthews, Jr. announced that he, too, is exploring other options.

With Akinjo and Matthews Jr. departing, big man Lukas Kisunas is now the only player currently committed to UConn for the class of 2018. Reportedly, Hurley is watching Kisunas play today.

Matthews is from Tacoma, Washington and has not officially closed the door on eventually coming to Storrs. Associate head coach Raphael Chillious, who likely will not be returning as a part of Dan Hurley’s staff, was a big part of his recruitment, so this is not much of a surprise.

UConn beat out Georgetown, Oregon State, Washington and West Virginia, among others for his initial commitment.

A tough, 6-foot-7 wing, he suffered a broken wrist in the Washington state tournament but instead of sitting out, he put a brace on and scored 18 points in his first-round game. He will have plenty of suitors looking for late commits.

With any coaching change, roster turnover and waves in recruiting are to be expected. UConn now has two scholarship openings and may have a few more if any players currently on the roster should choose to transfer.