UConn forward transfers to American

UConn forward transfers to American
May 2, 2014, 9:30 pm
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American made the NCAA Tournament this past season, the first with head coach Mike Brennan. Now the Eagles are adding a frontcourt option coming off national title.

Sophomore forward Leon Tolksdorf will transfer from the University of Connecticut to American, UConn's athletic department announced on Friday.

"Leon did everything we asked him to do at UConn, on the court and in the classroom," UConn coach Kevin Ollie, who directed the Huskies to the 2014 National Championship in April, said in a statement. "He came to practice every day ready to work hard and push his teammates to improve. He was a big part of our winning the national championship. We wish him the best of luck as he moves on."

The 6-foot-8 Tolksdorf hails from Berlin Germany. In 24 games last season with the Huskies, he averaged 1.5 points and 0.8 rebounds in 5.3 minutes per game. Tolksdorf must sit out the 2014-15 season, but will have two years of eligibility remaining. He'll also practice next season with the Eagles which will give him time to work in Brennan's Princeton offense.

"I have enjoyed two unforgettable years at UConn and I am proud to have been part of the Husky family," Tolksdorf said. "I never thought I would call Storrs a second home, but being at UConn and knowing my teammates has had a huge impact on me. At the same time, I am also excited to accept this new challenge in my life."