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May 17, 2019 GMT

STORRS, Conn. (AP) — The University of Connecticut says R.J. Cole will join its men’s basketball as a transfer from Howard University.

The 6-1 point guard from Union, New Jersey, will sit out next season per NCAA transfer rules and will be eligible for competition with UConn beginning in the 2020-2021 season.

Cole played two seasons at Howard, where he averaged 22.5 points, 4 rebounds and 6.2 assists per game. He was honored as the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Rookie of the Year in 2017-18 and the conference player of the year in 2018-19.

UConn coach Dan Hurley said he expects Cole will have an impact for the team beginning next season as a member of the practice squad.


UConn said Friday it has received a signed athletics aid agreement from Cole.