Makai Ashton-Langford, no. 1 in Massachusetts, requests release from UCONN

UPDATE: On April 10, Makai Ashton-Langford committed to the Providence Friars, according to his AAU coach.

New England’s best player, Makai Ashton-Langford has asked for his release from the national letter of intent he signed with the UCONN Huskies during November’s early signing period.

Ashton-Langford told ESPN, “At first, it was mainly because of Coach [Glenn] Miller leaving that made me think about it but as I started to do that, I realized I kind of made my first decision spontaneously right after my visit.”

Before settling on the Huskies, Ashton-Langford’s other finalists were Providence and Louisville, so those are definitely strong candidates for now landing the guard. Blue-blood programs such as Duke and Kansas still have point guard holes to fill, so don’t be surprised if Coach K and Bill Self make a late push with Ashton-Langford.

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Ashton-Langford is looking for a program where he will have the ball in his hands.

Ashton-Langford is a playmaker, with a unique smoothness to his game. His length helps him finish around the rim, at all types of angles. He can score and pass out of the isolation, the pick and roll, and in transition.

Work still remains to be done on his shot, as he looks to become more consistent. If he can shore up his mechanics, he’ll not only become a better shooter, but a more effective driver too.

With so much untapped potential, it doesn’t come as a surprise that Ashton-Langford is a highly touted recruit. He will be a big loss for UConn, and he will be a huge gain for whichever program he chooses.

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