That's exactly what UConn got when the Huskies learned that Cypress Community Christian (Texas) 7-foot-2 senior Hasheem Thabeet, a native of Tanzania, signed on Friday.
``He felt comfortable there," Cypress Community Christian Mark McClanahan said. "He liked the environment a lot." ``He also felt that it was a place where there wouldn't be a lot of distractions," added McClanahan. "He can just focus on basketball and continue to get better."
Thabeet's signing is huge for Jim Calhoun and the Huskies - who lost Rudy Gay, Hilton Armstrong and Ed Nelson from their frontline - and could lose Josh Boone, who is debating on whether to remain in the draft.
Thabeet made dramatic improvement from the start of the season and became one of the most sough-after players in the country over the past couple of months. He runs the floor extremely well for someone his size, plays hard and is virtually impossible to contain if he gets the ball within five feet of the basket.
Look for Thabeet to come right in and make an impact for the Huskies, who will have an abundance of playing time available up front – especially if Boone elects not to return for his senior year.
``He's improved tremendously this year," McClanahan said.