Adama Sanogo just verbally committed to UConn and is reclassifying to the 2020 recruiting class, he tells 247Sports.
“I picked UConn because it’s the best place for me,” Sanogo said. “I picked them because their coach uses their big man. I watched a lot of their games this year and I liked how they played their big men.”
Sanogo, a 6-foot-9, 250-pound post prospect out of Elizabeth (N.J.) The Patrick School, picked Dan Hurley’s program over Maryland, Nebraska, Seton Hall and a host of other high major schools.
“Really over the last three days,” Sanogo said when asked when it hit him that UConn was the place for him. “I was thinking about, I was thinking about four schools and I said let’s just pick UConn and I just think it’s the place for me. I picked UConn because it’s the best fit for me.”
Although Sanogo, a native of Mali, was unable to take an official visit to Connecticut’s campus because of the coronavirus, he was able to learn more about the school through Zoom calls with Hurley and UConn assistant Kimani Young, the lead recruiter on Sanogo.
“I liked the campus and I like their gym,” he said.” They showed me a video of their plans to play me next year and I liked the video. It was a nice zoom call.”
This gives UConn its third commitment in the 2020 recruiting class. Sanogo joins four-star recruit Andre Jackson and emerging post prospect Javonte Brown-Ferguson to make up UConn’s current class.
Sanogo will be rated as a four-star prospect and ranked in the top 100 when the updated 2020 player rankings are released on 247Sports on Wednesday.
“I think they need a post player, that’s what coach Hurley said,” Sanogo said. “He said if I work my ass off, and they’ll do a good job with me and they really need a post player. That’s the area, I can really help them.”
To go with the three high school commitments, UConn also added Rhode Island transfer Tyrese Martin this offseason.