The 2019-20 basketball season gets underway Friday night at Gampel Pavilion with First Night, kicking off UConn’s Homecoming weekend festivities. The annual event will formally introduce the men’s and women’s basketball teams and feature UConn’s fall concert for the first time ever.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
After First Night, Grammy Award-winning artist T-Pain will take the floor at Gampel to begin the 2019 Fall Concert. Students can line up at 2 p.m. and doors will open at 5: 30 p.m.
Like last year, there will be a selfie session for the first 300 fans in attendance, and the event is free to attend for all UConn fans on a first-come, first-serve basis. Parking is available in the North and South garages for $5.
2:00 p.m. - Students are able to line up outside of Gampel Pavilion
5:00 p.m. - Sign up for selfie session begins at Gampel’s South Entrance
5:30 p.m. - Doors open at Gampel
6:00 p.m. - First Night festivities begin. This year’s event will include a performance from the drumline, student contests, homecoming introductions, and more.
7:00 p.m. - Introduction of 2019-20 men’s and women’s basketball teams and coaching staffs
7:30 p.m. - Skills competition
According to UConn, the T-Pain concert will begin “shortly after” the skills contest.
The former Huskies great, 2011 national champion, and current Boston Celtics star will be making his first appearance on campus in years.
After starting his career in Charlotte and making three All-Star games, Walker signed with the Boston Celtics this past offseason. He said it has been at least seven years since he was last in Storrs.
MEN’S BASKETBALL RECRUITS
A handful of UConn recruiting targets will be on hand for First Night as Dan Hurley continues to round out the 2020 recruiting and build for the future.
Andre Jackson - Dan Hurley’s most recent commitment, a four-star prospect from Albany, New York who is the No. 50 prospect in the Class of 2020 according to ESPN.
Javonte Brown-Ferguson - The 7-foot, 240-pound center is on an official visit to UConn this weekend. He’s visited Kansas and Texas A&M so far, and may end up taking another official visit at Arizona. He’s a four-star recruit in the Class of 2021 right now, but is widely expected to reclassify to 2020 sooner rather than later.
Donovan Clingan - Clingan is a 7-foot center in the Class of 2022 from nearby Bristol Central and is rising up the recruiting ranks, already receiving scholarship offers from UConn and Syracuse. He averaged 21 points and 18 rebounds as a freshman at Bristol Central and will likely be one of Hurley’s top recruiting targets for the next few years.
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL RECRUITS
All of head coach Geno Auriemma’s Class of 2020 commits will be in attendance at First Night.
Paige Bueckers - The No. 1 recruit in the Class of 2020 committed to the Huskies in April. She’s coming to Storrs on Friday night from Qatar, where she’s been representing Team USA in the World Beach Games 3x3 tournament with former UConn great Napheesa Collier.
Nika Muhl - The Croatia native picked UConn over Louisville, Oregon, Ohio State and USF. The point guard committed to UConn one week after Bueckers did so in April.
Mir McLean - McLean, a 5-foot-10 wing, is arguably the most athletic player in the class of 2020 and has been compared to Gabby Williams. She committed to UConn in June and is the No. 32 prospect in the Class of 2020 according to ESPN.
Piath Gabriel - Gabriel is the most recent commit in the 2020 class, choosing the Huskies in September. At 6-foot-5, she will bring some much-needed size to UConn next fall. She’s regarded as a strong rebounder and can even step out and hit 3-pointers to stretch out the defense.
Aaliyah Edwards - Edwards is the only women’s basketball recruit attending First Night. She’s a five-star wing from Canada who is the No. 26 prospect in the Class of 2020.
HOW TO WATCH
UConn will have a live stream, available here: