Just before the UConn men’s basketball team got ready to take on St. Michael’s in an exhibition game at the XL Center, the Huskies made a final alteration to their 2019-20 roster by announcing that freshman forward Richie Springs will redshirt.
Springs will take an academic redshirt year and maintain four years of eligibility. He reclassified from the Class of 2020 to 2019 in August to commit to Dan Hurley and the Huskies. Before coming to UConn, the 6-foot-9 Springs was a consensus three-star recruit.
“UConn basketball freshman forward Richie Springs will use the 2019-20 season as an academic redshirt year,” UConn said in a statement. “Springs will continue to practice with the team, but will not participate in intercollegiate competition nor travel with the team to games away from home. Springs will maintain four years of eligibility, beginning with the 2020-21 season.”
With Springs not available and James Bouknight likely to be suspended, the Huskies may have a thinner roster than expected for at least the first few games of the season.
Update: Following UConn’s exhibition win over St. Michael’s, Hurley provided some clarification around Spring’s status. According to Hurley, Springs was deemed a “non-qualifier” by the NCAA clearinghouse from an academic standpoint, and the decison was out of UConn’s control. Nonetheless, redshirting allows him to get his grades up, practice with the team and adjust to college life without losing eligibility.
Hurley says Richie Springs was deemed a non-qualifier by the NCAA.— Ed Daigneault (@EdDaigneault) October 31, 2019