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UConn Men’s Basketball Updates: Dan Hurley’s son to join team as walk-on

Drew Hurley, a 6-foot-1 guard at East Catholic High School, will play for his father at UConn.

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UConn head coach Dan Hurley, who’s son Drew is joining the program as a walk-on. (Ian Bethune - The UConn Blog)
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Three years after Dan Hurley became the new UConn men’s basketball coach, another Hurley is joining the program. This time, it’s his son Drew.

All available scholarships are full after the addition of Andre Jackson, Adama Sanogo, Javonte Brown-Ferguson and Tyrese Martin this offseason, in a recruiting class ranked no. 22 according to 247sports and 23rd on Rivals in 2020.

This news was circulating online and later confirmed by the Hartford Courant’s Dom Amore Saturday.

“I am excited to add my son Andrew to our basketball program,” Dan Hurley told the Courant. “His experience at East Catholic, playing for one of the state’s best programs and one of the best coaches, will add to the mindset that we are developing at UConn.”

Drew is a 6-foot-1 guard who played his high school basketball at East Catholic High School in Manchester, Connecticut. This past season, East Catholic won the CCC tournament, its fourth title in five years.

“Andrew is an athletic guard who can shoot and is a hard worker,” Hurley told the Courant. “He has grown up in and around all the players and programs that I have ever led and his understanding of our standards will add to an emerging culture of family and excellence.”

Here’s a compilation of Hurley highlights, posted by East Catholic head coach Luke Reilly:

In this tape, we see an example of poise and on-court decision making at the 2:19 minute mark, where Hurley cuts to the open lane after his teammate gets double-teamed. He attacks the basket, but is patient with the ball and doesn’t immediately take it up — letting the defender fly by recklessly before putting it away.

He also has a fairly quick release on his jumper, which will help him score at the next level despite his smaller size.

The younger Hurley can also expect to add some strength to his frame working with new strength coach Mike Rehfeldt — who already seems to be making a difference with the players on the roster including Isaiah Whaley and Andre Jackson. Rehfeldt posted side-by-sides of Whaley and Jackson on his Instagram story this past week, where each made stark body changes.

Additional Notes

  • Former UConn guard Sid Wilson will be transferring to SIU-Edwardsville, according to Jeff Goodman. SIU-Edwardsville plays in the Ohio Valley Conference with Belmont and Murray State and finished 8-23 last year.
  • Dan Hurley joined a number of other D-I men’s basketball head coaches to jump start a new minority leadership organization named after the late John McLendon, according to Hurley’s Twitter account. McLendon is recognized as the first Black coach at an American university.
  • UConn target Jordan Riley will announce his commitment this Friday at 10 a.m. at Brentwood High School, according to Zach Braziller of the New York Post. He has UConn in his top five, alongside Florida State, St. John’s, Kansas and Georgetown.