The Huskies men's team had a recent run on good luck after a forgettable few months that included a disappointing 2011-12 season, the loss of five players to the NBA or transfers, and the NCAA's iron-fisted decision to declare the program ineligible for 2013 postseason play after substandard APR scores.
High school big man Bradley Hayes had narrowed his list of colleges to four and UConn was in the mix, the team landed Holy Cross transfer R.J. Evans, and another high school big man, Phil Nolan, verbally committed to join the Huskies for next fall.
Unfortunately, in light of the NCAA sanctions, Hayes put off a visit to Storrs while he weighed his options.
"We just decided we wanted to take a little bit closer look at some things surrounding the program," Hayes' father told ZagsBlog.com's Adam Zagoria. "We want B.J. to be in the best situation possible. At this time UConn is postponed."
Now via Zagoria, Hayes says that Georgetown is the frontrunner for his services next season.
“It went real good, I liked it,” Hayes told SNY.tv of his recruiting visit to Georgetown. “I really liked the staff there. The team was easy to get along with and they work real hard. The whole coaching staff was with me for a lot of the visit.”
Florida and Texas A&M are also in the mix for Hayes' talents. As for the possibility of Hayes visiting UConn before the signing period ends May 16, "I'm not sure, to be honest," he said.
The Huskies would be a good situation for Hayes in that he'd get plenty of playing time. And while coach Jim Calhoun recognizes a need for depth in the frontcourt with the departure of Andre Drummond, Alex Oriakhi, Roscoe Smith and even Michael Bradley, he's also suggested that the program would rather sit on available scholarships for next year instead of using them just because they're there.
"We've spent hours talking about this," Calhoun said last month. "Do you sacrifice to maybe get three more wins next year? Certainly, we want to have a winning season, but I think now, more than usual, we're looking toward the future."