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Saturday / July 2.
  • UConn adds high-scoring ECU transfer Tristen Newton, loses Akok Akok to Transfer Portal

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    Dan Hurley and UConn continued their offseason makeover Wednesday when high-scoring transfer Tristen Newton announced he was joining the Huskies from East Carolina after a visit to campus.

    The 6-foot-5 Texas native averaged 17.7 points, 5.0 assists and 4.8 rebounds last season as a sophomore.

    Three guards transferred out of UConn in Corey Floyd Jr., Jalen Gaffney and Rahsool Diggins, while forward Akok Akok is also in the Transfer Portal.

    The 6-9 Akok averaged 3.4 points and 3.2 rebounds as a junior. He initially chose UConn over Georgetown, Providence, Pittsburgh and Syracuse in December 2018 and then enrolled that January. He was hampered by injuries during his college career and surpassed in the rotation by players like Adama Sanogo and other bigs.

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.