1. Most of the grassroots community still is ruminating on Kelly Oubre's decision in favor of Kansas and what that may mean for the big three elite centers — as Brian Snow profiled earlier today — but Connecticut landed a significant piece on Wednesday that warrants attention.
Sam Cassell Jr., a 6-4, 180-pound combo guard, committed to the Huskies over Louisville, Marquette, Missouri and others. The son of the former NBA star, the younger Cassell competes at Chipola (Fla.) JC and will have three years of eligibility in Storrs.
And his pops definitely gets an assist. Cassell Sr. and Kevin Ollie played together briefly in the NBA, but that time proved formative for Cassell Jr. and the relationship created there held true through the recruiting process.
Cassell and transfer Rodney Purvis (sitting out this season) will comprise one of the country's tallest backcourts in 2014-15. Both standing 6-4, the Huskies will be able to generate significant matchup problems for opponents in the AAC.
UConn also holds pledges from Daniel Hamilton and Rakim Lubin, and Ollie and his assistants also remain on the trail of big-time forward Devin Robinson. Along with Purvis, and no matter what Robinson decides, they'll have among the strongest incoming groups to the conference next season.