UConn’s 2024 recruiting class may not be as big or as deep as the vaunted 2023 group led by Stephon Castle, but Dan Hurley seems to have another impact guard ready to arrive in Storrs next year in Ahmad Nowell. Many knew Nowell was going to be a high-value prospect upon his commitment back on Nov. 8, as he ranks second among combo guards in the 2024 class according to 247Sports, and 30th nationally among all positions in the class. However, in recent weeks, Nowell has truly begun to break out and show what makes him a highly touted prospect that is quickly rising up recruiting rankings.
Against Archbishop Wood, Nowell had 34 points (half of which came in the fourth quarter), seven rebounds, and seven assists en route to a 72-65 victory. Then against Maryville, he would go on to have 39 points, nine rebounds, and five steals in a 58-52 victory. His team trailed 46-19 in the second half of this game before Nowell scored 31 in the second half with 20 in the fourth quarter going 5-7 from three-point range in the second half. He shot 15-30 from the field on the game, and 7-15 from 3-point range as well.
2024 4⭐️ UConn Commit Ahmad Nowell (@AhmadNowell0) is a certified DAWG!— HS Top Recruits (@HSTopRecruiting) December 28, 2023
Last night he put up 39 points, 9 rebounds and 5 steals to secure the W over Maryville in the @arbysclassic
Storrs better be excited for him! pic.twitter.com/bdiDE3zBiL
Against Master Lakes Academy, Nowell had 30 points with six rebounds on 10-21 shooting from the field and 4-9 shooting from three in a close 63-61 loss. Unfortunately, this loss came in the Arby’s Classic tournament, and the Imhotep Panthers were in foul trouble for much of the game which did not help its case.
Adam Finkelstein of 247Sports calls Nowell a “power guard with a bulldog mentality” and a “gym rat who has worked his way into being a reliable outside shooter…(with) a lot of growth in his ability to make plays for other people.”
With Nowell and fellow four-star recruit Isaiah Abraham set to join the program next fall, Hurley seems to have a solid foundation to soften the blow of losing multiple players to the NBA Draft, graduation and the transfer portal.