Roscoe Smith’s departure is the first true surprise of this offseason.
Jeremy Lamb was gone regardless of the APR ruling, and no one can blame Andre Drummond for jumping at top-five money. And given the way Alex Oriakhi was talking in the minutes following UConn’s NCAA tournament loss to Iowa State, his decision wasn’t much of a shock, either.
In case you’ve lost count, that’s five players leaving and two coming in. Let’s take a look…
ON THE WAY OUT
Alex Oriakhi – Perhaps the most sought-after transfer in the nation, Oriakhi settled on Missouri before visiting any other schools.
“It was always Missouri in the back of my mind,” Oriakhi said. “I felt very comfortable when I got here, to be honest, and I said ‘Why delay it? Why keep that going on?’ It’s been very stressful. I definitely wanted to just get it over with.”
Andre Drummond – There’s no question that Drummond needs polish — lots of it. There’s also no question that he’s a top five pick. A player’s stock doesn’t get much higher than that, and Drummond decided it was too risky to not make the jump now.
Jeremy Lamb – Much like former Husky Rudy Gay, Lamb’s game is tailor-made for the NBA. He should be an impact player as a rookie.
Michael Bradley — The 6-foot-10 project never saw a sniff of game action in his two years at UConn. Bradley visited Western Kentucky last weekend.
Roscoe Smith –If he stayed, Smith would have almost certainly been the starter at power forward. But, long-term, it makes sense for Smith to take a year to work on his game and play two more seasons at a high-major school.
ON THE WAY IN
Omar Calhoun — Despite all the uncertainty surrounding the program, Calhoun has remained firm in his commitment. He’ll be a vital player for next year’s guard-heavy team.
R.J. Evans — Perfect fit for UConn in a transition year. His defense and physical play will earn him some minutes in three-guard lineups.
UCONN’S ROSTER NEXT SEASON
*Huskies have four scholarships available
G — Shabazz Napier
G — Ryan Boatright
F — DeAndre Daniels
F — Tyler Olander
C — Enosch Wolf
G — R.J. Evans
G — Omar Calhoun
G/F — Niels Giffey
G — Brendan Allen