Former Maryland men’s basketball player Sam Cassell Jr., whom the NCAA deemed an ineligible “non-qualifier” last September, tweeted his commitment to the University of Connecticut on Wednesday morning.
— Sam Cassell Jr (@sam2ss2ll) October 9, 2013
After the NCAA denied both Cassell’s initial waiver claim and subsequent appeal, the son of former NBA star Sam Cassell enrolled at Chipola Junior College on the Florida panhandle, an hour west of Tallahassee. According to reports, Cassell chose the Huskies over Louisville after trimming his list following visits to Missouri and Marquette.
A point guard who spent last summer practicing with the Terps before learning his fate, Cassell was not re-recruited by Maryland for its class of 2014, which already ranks third nationally by ESPN.com and features four-star guards Melo Trimble, Dion Wiley and Jared Nickens.
Maryland and Connecticut open their 2013-14 seasons against each other on Nov. 8 at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.
Rodney Purvis, a North Carolina State transfer who recently joined the Huskies, offered his excitement:
— Rodney Purvis (@rpurvis5) October 9, 2013