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UConn transfer Juwan Durham commits to Notre Dame over Villanova, Virginia Tech

A recruiting miss, but not a devastating one.

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Former 4-star prospect and Connecticut Huskies transfer Juwan Durham has verbally committed to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, per his Twitter account.

Duham committed to Mike Brey after taking visits to South Bend, Virginia Tech and Villanova.

Durham was a 4-star recruit and the #51 prospect in his class (#14 PF) per the 247Sports Composite. He attended Tampa Prep (Fla.) and played for Team Breakdown (UAA), which happens to be the same program as current 2018 target Elijah Weaver.

After ACL surgeries on each knee (and a foot injury that kept him out three games this past season) Durham struggled to make an impact with Connecticut Huskies during his freshman season, averaging just 1.6 ppg, 1.5 rpg and 0.3 bpg in a little over 8 minutes per game.

Had Durham come to the Main Line, it would have been a bit of a gamble given his healthy record. But given the roster makeup here (and at Notre Dame) I think this is a smart gamble to make on a player that the staff recruited in high school and knows well. Durham will sit out this next season per transfer rules and then have three years of eligibility remaining.

Missing on Durham makes the recruitment of Jalen Smith all the more important. ‘Nova has hosted him multiples times for unofficial visits this year, but he’ll spend this weekend at Maryland for their Team Camp, the following weekend at the NBPA Camp at UVa and then return to College Park for his first official visit the weekend of June 23rd.