UConn men’s basketball’s Javonte Brown has left the program, the school announced Friday. He will reportedly enter the transfer portal, according to Jeff Borzello of ESPN.
UConn freshman Javonte Brown has entered the transfer portal, source told ESPN. Saw time in two games this season. The 7-foot center was considered a four-star prospect coming out of high school.— Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) January 8, 2021
Brown told the New Haven Register he’s leaving because of the departure of former assistant coach Kenya Hunter, who departed Storrs for Indiana in the offseason. Hunter recruited Brown to UConn and Brown told the Register he considered leaving back in August alongside the coach.
Brown re-classified from the 2021 class to 2020 to come to UConn early from Thornlea Secondary School in Thornhill, Ontario, Canada. The four-star recruit was one of three freshmen — alongside Adama Sanogo and Andre Jackson — in Dan Hurley’s No. 23 ranked recruiting class for 2020.
All of UConn’s true freshmen have struggled at points this season. Jackson has stumbled offensively and Sanogo has slowed in conference play after a strong showing against non-conference competition.
The 7-foot center has not played much this season, logging just four total minutes in two appearances in UConn’s first six games. He has scored four points and grabbed two boards this season, all coming in the season opener against CCSU.
Brown said he was disappointed by the lack of playing time but the amount he received was expected when he agreed to come to the school, according to the Register.
There has been no official word as to where Brown could potentially be going at this time, but the freshman noted that Indiana could be an option, according to the Register.