Friday, May 2, 2014

Leon Tolksdorf Transferring to American University

Leon Tolksdorf has decided to transfer from UConn. He'll head to American University in Washington, D.C.

Billed as a sharpshooter, Tolksdorf never got much of a chance to display his skills in his two seasons in Storrs. He played in just 11 games as a freshman and just 13 this past season, averaging only 1.5 points in 5.3 minutes per game for his career. By the end of this season, he was known primarily for getting into games during garbage time and jacking up as many 3's as possible.

Tolksdorf committed to UConn in May, 2012, shortly after an official visit to campus. Interestingly, UConn's coaching staff had never seen him play live before his visit, only on video. He had been recruited by other schools -- Providence, Louisiana-Lafayette -- but said choosing the Huskies was an easy one.

It didn't quite work out for the Berlin, Germany native, but he's a great kid, an excellent student, and he should find a nice home at American, a mid-major where he could prosper as a double-figures scorer.

Here's the press release from UConn:

Sophomore forward Leon Tolksdorf (Berlin, Germany) has decided to transfer from UConn and will continue his education and college basketball career at American University in Washington, D.C.

"Leon did everything we asked him to do at UConn, on the court and in the classroom," Coach Kevin Ollie said. "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."

"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."

Tolksdorf, a 6-8 forward, appeared in 24 games for UConn, averaging 1.5 points and 0.8 rebounds in 5.3 minutes per game.

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