UConn forward Steven Enoch has asked for his release and plans to transfer, ESPN’s Jeff Goodman reported on Friday.
In two seasons with the Huskies, the sophomore from Norwalk struggled to find playing time, and when he did, he struggled to stay on the floor. In 2016-17, he played 12.1 minutes per game, averaging 3.4 points and 2.3 rebounds.
Though he had not yet lived up to his billing as a top-100 recruit, Enoch figured to be in a good position to enter the starting lineup as a junior, following the graduations of Amida Brimah and Kentan Facey. As of now, the only front court returners with collegiate experience are Terry Larrier, who tore his ACL four games into this past season, and Juwan Durham, whose development has been slowed significantly by injury problems of his own.
Mamadou Diarra, who missed all of his freshman season due to injury, joins three-star freshmen Tyler Polley and Josh Carlton, and junior college transfer Eric Cobb as the rest of the projected big men for next season.
Given the playing time Enoch was expected to receive, this comes as a surprise, and may point to an additional personnel announcement later in the offseason. UConn now has two open scholarships for 2017-18 and could target a graduate transfer to add some experience, or snag a late commitment from this year’s recruiting class.