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Bouknight returning to Huskies for his sophomore year. The Press Release.

POSTED April 27, 2020
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

STORRS, Conn. – UConn freshman guard James Bouknight has allowed the Sunday deadline for declaring himself eligible for the 2020 NBA Draft to pass, ending any speculation that he would not return to the Huskies for the 2020-21 season.

A few weeks ago, Bouknight sent out an “Unfinished Business” tweet from his Twitter account, but made it official Sunday night that he will continue his UConn career as a sophomore next season.

Bouknight (Brooklyn, N.Y.) had a dramatic impact as a freshman in 2019-20, helping to lead the Huskies to a 19-12 record overall, the team’s first winning season since 2015-16, and a 10-8 American Conference mark. When the season abruptly ended due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Huskies were about to enter the AAC Championship on a five-game winning streak.

Bouknight played in 28 games for the Huskies, starting the last 16, earning All-Conference Third Team honors as well as becoming a unanimous selection to the AAC All-Rookie Team, UConn’s first unanimous All-Rookie Team pick since Daniel Hamilton in 2016.

Bouknight averaged 13.0 points and 4.1 rebounds overall for the season, becoming just the 20th UConn freshman to score 300-plus points. He was a major factor during the Huskies’ late-season surge. In UConn’s last 13 games, during which the Huskies went 9-4, he averaged 17.1 points and 5.0 rebounds per game.

Bouknight, who had 19 double-figure scoring games, was the first UConn freshman in nine years (since Jeremy Lamb in 2011) to score 20-plus points in three consecutive games and he combined with teammate Christian Vital to form the highest-scoring duo in the AAC.

Bouknight burst on the scene at the Charleston Classic (Nov. 21-24), named to the All-Tounament Team after averaging 13.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, with a remarkable .727 field goal percentage in three games. During the season, he was named the American Conference Player of the Week once and Freshman of the Week twice.

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