UConn Lands German Forward

The Huskies 2012 recruiting class may not compare to last year's haul but the program isn't done adding players. And while there won't be any 11th-hour additions like Andre Drummond last summer, UConn continues to be on the lookout for frontcourt talent after losing five players to the NBA or transfers (four of whom were either forwards or centers).

The latest news: according to The Recruit Scoop, which is part of the Rivals.com network, the Huskies landed a verbal commitment from 6-7 combo forward, Leon Tolksdorf of Berlin, Germany. He'll join Omar Calhoun, a 6-5 small forward who committed to UConn last summer, and recent commit, 6-11 Phil Nolan to round out the Huskies' three-man freshman recruiting class. Earlier this spring, 6-4 R.J. Evans transferred to UConn from Holy Cross.

In 21 games with ALBA Berlin II, Tolksdorf averaged 5.2 points in 14.2 minutes of action. He shot 40 percent from the field (34 percent from behind the arc) and 71 percent from the free-throw line. According to the team website, Tolksdorf, 18, trained with players in the German professional league while competing on the Under-19 squad.

Details of his high school exploits courtesy of TheDay.com's Gavin Keefe:

"Tolksdorf is considered a point forward type, blessed with good passing skills, a high basketball IQ and a nice perimeter shooting touch. He averaged about 17 points and 12 rebounds for his high school team and 5.2 points and 14.2 minutes for ALBA Berlin II, a club team. He also is a candidate to play for his country's U20 national team this summer."

Tolksdorf joins Neils Giffey and Enosch Wolf as the other German-born players on UConn's roster.

And in case you're interested, a Tolksdorf highlight video (via the New Haven Register's David Borges):


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