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Star UConn Hoops Commit Juwan Durham Once Again Tears an ACL

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TAMPA, Fla. – Unfortunately, news came out today that star 2016 basketball recruit, Juwan Durham, has torn an ACL for the second time and will be forced to miss his senior season. Durham is committed to UConn, and has been since September of 2015.

Nick Williams of The Tampa Tribune reported the news in an article, saying that the tear happened in Durham’s left leg. Last February, the 4-star recruit had torn the ACL in his right leg during a regional semifinal game for Tampa Prep, per Williams.

The good news is, according to Williams’ report, Durham is still planning on signing with Kevin Ollie’s UConn program this November in the early signing period; and the Huskies’ staff has been supportive of him.

That’s great to hear because that’s not always the case in recruiting. It’s a harsh reality, but a verbal commitment is just that: verbal. It’s not binding until pen hits paper on signing day, and while that usually plays out in the form of a decommitment and flip from a recruit; it’s certainly is possible for a school to pull a scholarship offer as well. Doing so because of an injury would be highly frowned upon and it’s a pretty drastic move, so you don’t expect it; but the point is…it is possible.

Good on Ollie and UConn for sticking to their commitment to the senior basketball star. Keep in mind, it does makes sense, though.
When you look at the rankings, it’s easy to see why UConn is still willing to take a chance on Durham. He’s 6-foot-11, 200 pounds (remember, you can’t teach size and length), and is ranked as the No. 10 power forward in the 2016 class, per the industry generated 247Sports Composite. He’s also ranked as the No. 37 player in the ESPN100 for 2016, so Durham is without a doubt an elite recruiting talent.
How that translates to college after two ACL surguries remains to be seen, but at the vey least, Durham is going to have a chance to complete a great comeback story.

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