UConn recruits son of former NBA player Sam Cassell

sam-cassell-practiceSam Cassell Jr, the son of former NBA guard Sam Cassell has committed to Connecticut for the 14-15 season, Hartford Courant reported.

He made the annoucement via twitter saying, “blessed to say I have committed to the university of Connecticut.”

Cassell Jr. will join Kevin Ollie after playing for Chipola College, a junior college in Florida. Cassell Jr. had committed to Maryland, but they did not accept some credits from his prep school.

Ollie played with Cassell Jr.’s father, Sam Cassell, as members of the Milwaukee Bucks.

UConn recruited Cassell in 2012. “They were in the mix, but it’s hard to beat the hometown team,” said Cassell, who is from Baltimore. His father, Sam Cassell, who played 15 years in the NBA, is an assistant coach with the Washington Wizards.

Sam Cassell Jr. was about 10 when his father and Kevin Ollie were teammates with the Milwaukee Bucks in the 2002-2003 season.

“I met him through my dad when they played together, and he was always really cool to me,” Cassell said. “I always thought he was a really cool guy. When I got older, I thought he was the type of guy I could have a good relationship with as a coach.”

“My father never told me to go to UConn,” Cassell said. “He broke it down for me, told me what kind of coach K.O. was, and that helped a lot. But he never tried to force me to go anywhere.”

Ollie, a former point guard, said this week that his dream would be to have four players on the floor who could handle the ball at all times. He likes big guards, athletic frontcourt players, and versatility.

The younger Cassell says his “basketball IQ” is much higher now than it was two years ago, and he can see why people compare his game to his father’s, but there are differences, too: “I shoot the three-ball a lot more than he did,” Cassell said.


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