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James Bouknight cleared to play

UConn men’s basketball announced that James Bouknight has been cleared for all basketball activities Tuesday.

Ian Bethune/The UConn Blog

After weeks of speculation, UConn men’s basketball announced Monday that star sophomore James Bouknight has been cleared for all basketball activities. He will be active for the Huskies’ game against Providence tonight.

The guard injured his left elbow before halftime in a game against Marquette on Jan. 5. He has not played in a game since then, after he received surgery on the elbow. He has been practicing but had not yet received clearance from his surgeon for game action.

The news was first reported by CBS’ Jon Rothstein, but quickly announced by the team.

Bouknight is considered one of the best players in the conference and potentially the country. He is UConn’s leading scorer, averaging 20.3 points and 5.3 rebounds per game before his injury.

The Brooklyn native is UConn’s cornerstone, the offense was built for him. Without him in the lineup, UConn went 5-4 with losses to Creighton, St. John’s, Seton Hall and Providence.

They take on Providence at home at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday on FS1.