UConn men’s basketball got some great news on Sunday as star guard Jalen Adams announced he is returning for his senior season. The Roxbury, MA native shared his decision in a YouTube video.
“Playing at UConn the past three years has been a dream come true,” Adams said. “Although the journey has not always been what I envisioned, I am reminded of greatness every time I step in the gym and see those four national championship banners.
“With that being said, I’d like to announce I’m returning to UConn Nation for my senior year.”
With Adams back, the Huskies can be competitive in their first season under Dan Hurley despite back-to-back losing seasons. Adams has yet to reach his full potential, and the coaching change may be what he needs to take a big step forward.
“I’m excited to work for Coach Hurley as he leads us into the new era of UConn basketball,” Adams said. “Another year of development and growth will prepare me to achieve my ultimate goal: An NBA career.”
Last season, Adams averaged a team-high 18.1 points and a ridiculous 38.1 minutes per game, while also being the only player with more than 100 assists. While the status of Christian Vital is up in the air after the sophomore declared for the NBA Draft, the addition of Tarin Smith and (hopefully) Alterique Gilbert should allow Adams to play more off-ball.
Adams came to UConn with a lot of pressure following a seven-year span that saw Kemba Walker, Shabazz Napier, and Ryan Boatright lead the Huskies at different points. The rising senior hasn’t experienced the same team success yet, but he will have one more chapter to define his legacy.
“My legacy as a UConn Husky is important to me,” he said. “I’m more determined than ever to live up to great UConn guards and deliver a championship season for my university and our amazing fans. See you in November.”