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Former Tampa Prep standout Juwan Durham commits to Notre Dame

Former Tampa Prep standout Juwan Durham

Tampa Bay Times

Former Tampa Prep standout Juwan Durham



Former Tampa Prep standout Juwan Durham announced via Twitter that he is transferring from Connecticut to Notre Dame.

Durham, a 6-foot-11 forward, left the Huskies in April after his freshman season. He visited several schools during his latest recruitment and picked the Fighting Irish over Virginia Tech and Villanova, among others.

Two years ago, Durham committed to UConn after taking his official visit to the school. At the time of his commitment, he was considered a four-star recruit and a top-25 prospect in the 2016 class by nearly every major recruiting service. He was one of the rare bay area basketball stars who committed to a national title contender in the past decade.

Others in that elite group include former Gibbs/Admiral Farragut star Marreese Speights (Florida 2006-08), former Plant standout Michael Frazier (Florida 2012-15), former Sickles star John Henson (North Carolina 2009-12) and Tampa Catholic’s Kevin Knox (Kentucky).

Durham picked the Huskies over offers from more than a dozen major schools, including Indiana, Florida, Florida State, Miami and Louisville. UConn has won four national titles, the last coming in 2014.

Days after announcing his commitment, Durham tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee for the second time in a seven-month span. The injury ended his senior season before it started.

This past season with the Huskies was the first time Durham returned to the court. Durham played in all 28 games as a freshman, averaging 1.6 points and 1.5 rebounds per game.

[Last modified: Saturday, June 10, 2017 10:40am]


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