James Bouknight, a 6-foot-4 shooting guard ranked 85th in the class of 2019 by Rivals, has announced his commitment to UConn. He chose Dan Hurley and the Huskies over offers from Indiana, Miami, Virginia Tech, VCU, the other four schools in his final five. He also had offers from the likes of Maryland, Wichita State, St. Louis, and Illinois.
Bouknight was likely recruited initially by assistant coach Kimani Young, who offered Bouknight while he was an assistant coach at Minnesota. Now that Young is on Hurley’s staff in Storrs, he brought the MacDuffie School product into the fold.
Bouknight visited UConn this past weekend after also making visits to Miami and Virginia Tech.
This is a big win for UConn, not just because it’s Hurley and company’s first recruit for 2019, but because Bouknight is a four-star guard ranked in the top 100 by all of the scouting services who had a lot of options.
He tore his meniscus on January but returned by the end of July and catapulted up the rankings. Bouknight should provide the Huskies with an off-ball guard to pair with Brendan Adams and Christian Vital in the backcourt. He can also play the wing, a position UConn has lacked at in recent years.
With his commitment, the Huskies have four scholarships open for the class of 2019.