With his experience, high-level shooting and quick hands, Cam Spencer is the perfect connective addition to the defending national champion UConn Huskies.
There are several different types of additions that teams can make from the transfer portal. Proven high-major stars like Hunter Dickinson and Ryan Nembhard are the most highly targeted, while mid-major studs looking to prove themselves at the next level — Max Abmas and RayJ Dennis, for instance — also garner loads of attention. Meanwhile, players with multiple years of remaining eligibility, such as JJ Starling and Andrew Rohde, provide value as potential core building blocks beyond just next season and beyond.
Perhaps the most influential type is the “connective transfer,” an experienced plug-and-play option that ties everything together for a top-rated team. Last season, Baylor Scheierman fit the bill as a connective transfer for Creighton, which already had an elite big man and stellar guards. With the addition of Scheierman, the Bluejays reached their first-ever Elite Eight, and the former South Dakota State star was the team’s third-leading scorer.
This season, the perfect connective transfer may have landed with another Big East team: the UConn Huskies.
The defending national champions lost a ton this offseason, mainly due to the early departures of all-league stars Adama Sanogo and Jordan Hawkins. Replacing Sanogo will be difficult, but head coach Dan Hurley has a ready-made replacement in sophomore Donovan Clingan. On top of that, Hurley also gets Alex Karaban back and will have the nation’s No. 4 overall recruiting class at his disposal. Still, the potential Hawkins replacement remained elusive — that is, until June 6, when Rutgers transfer Cam Spencer announced his commitment to UConn.
Spencer was a late entry to the transfer portal, which gave UConn another shot at filling the gap on their roster with a bona fide stud. Given his fit and potential impact in Storrs, he could be just what the Huskies needed.
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