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When Tristen Newton announced he was leaving East Carolina and entering the NCAA transfer portal a little over a month ago, the UConn men’s basketball coaching staff immediately shot him up to the top of their wish list.
A 6-foot-5, scoring point guard who dropped 25 points on the Huskies as a freshman, Newton seemed to be exactly what UConn was looking for. Head coach Dan Hurley and assistants Kimani Young and Luke Murray made calls to former ECU coach Joe Dooley and others to do their due diligence on Newton.