Men’s Basketball: Emmitt Matthews Jr. granted release from NLI


2018 UConn men’s basketball signee Emmitt Matthews Jr. has been granted a release from his national letter-of-intent, Matthews Jr. announced on Twitter Wednesday.

Matthews Jr. follows in the footsteps of point guard James Akinjo, who was released from his NLI last week in the wake of the news Mar. 10 that Kevin Ollie had been fired as UConn coach.

However, the 6-foot-7 wing from Tacoma, Washington has not ruled out returning to the program to play for new head coach Dan Hurley. Hurley will likely be not be bringing back associate head coach Raphael Chillious, who helped Ollie recruit Matthews Jr. to Storrs.

With Akinjo and Matthews Jr. leaving the program, UConn now has two scholarship openings, and only one class of 2018 commit: 6-foot-10 big man Lukas Kisunas. Hurley is reportedly watching Kisunas in action Wednesday.

Tyler Keating is the sports editor for The Daily Campus. He can be reached via email at He tweets @tylerskeating.

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