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Josh Carlton headed to Houston as grad transfer

Carlton becomes the second player to depart the UConn men’s basketball program via grad transfer this offseason.

NCAA Basketball: Georgetown at Connecticut David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

UPDATED 1:30 p.m. on April 7, 2021:

Former UConn men’s basketball player Josh Carlton has decided to commit to Houston, the senior announced on his Instagram.

Houston is adding Carlton just days after losing to No. 1 seeded Baylor in the NCAA Tournament Final Four.

UConn men’s basketball will have a second grad transfer leave the program this offseason, center Josh Carlton will enter the transfer portal, according to the Hartford Courant’s Dom Amore.

Junior Brendan Adams announced he was leaving the program on Tuesday and would use his two years elsewhere. Carlton has one year left of eligibility after the NCAA granted athletes an additional year because of COVID-19.

Carlton finished his UConn career having played 115 games, including 82 starts while averaging 6.5 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 1.1 blocks per game.

The North Carolina native lost his starting role this season to freshman Adama Sanogo but provided some key production off the bench at times throughout the season.

Carlton feasted against USC’s Evan Mobley, largely pushing UConn to a 61-58 win. His nine points and 11 rebounds were key in one of UConn’s marquee wins this season. He put up a season-high 11 points two games later in a win over DePaul, registering his only double-double on the year.

In his first season under Dan Hurley, Carlton was named the AAC’s Co-Most Improved Player in The American. That sophomore season was his best overall, averaging nine points and 6.2 rebounds.