Connecticut forward Tyrn Flowers commits to UMass

Last modified: Friday, January 15, 2016

UMass’ breakthrough recruiting class just added another piece.

Tyrn Flowers, a 6-foot-8 small forward from Sacred Heart High School in Waterbury, Connecticut, told ESPN’s Adam Finklestein that he committed to UMass Monday.

UMass coach Derek Kellogg can’t comment on Flowers until he’s signed a National Letter of Intent. The spring signing period begins April 13.

ESPN rates Flowers as a three-star recruit, the No. 3 player in Connecticut and the No. 39 small forward in the country, with the following analysis:

“Flowers is a classic late bloomer who has grown 4 inches in the last 16 months and may still be growing. He’s a left-handed perimeter forward who can play either as a big wing or face-up four with his newfound size, depending on matchups. He’s very long and pretty fluid covering the court. He has a compact shooting stroke and soft touch from behind the 3-point line and is equally capable of making some tough pullups off the dribble. He can surprise you with some plays up above the rim and generally speaking has a lot of upside still left to discover.”

Flowers fits Kellogg’s preference for long, athletic players.

He joins a class that includes big men Chris Baldwin and Brison Gresham, and guards DeJon Jarreau and Unique McLean.

Finklestein tweeted that UMass had the Atlantic 10’s best incoming class.

“Flowers joins DeJon Jarreau, Chris Baldwin, Brison Gresham & Unique McLean to form best UMass class in a long time. Tops in A10 thus far.”

Flowers played at the same high school as former Minuteman Ronell Blizzard, who died last year. He’s a teammate of Auburn recruit Mustapha Heron.

Sacred Heart will be playing in the Hoop Hall Classic, Saturday at 7:45 p.m. against Foothills Christian (California).

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