UConn Basketball: How the Departure of Andre LaFleur Impacts Recruiting

Sebastian HummelsContributor IApril 20, 2011

Walker has been just one of many top players recruited by LaFleur.
Walker has been just one of many top players recruited by LaFleur.Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

Andre LaFleur, a longtime assistant coach at Connecticut, will reportedly become the associate head coach at Providence.

This news not only shakes up the coaching situation at UConn, which also includes speculation that Jim Calhoun may consider retiring, but also the recruiting process.

LaFleur spent 10 years on the UConn staff and has been an important part of the Huskies' success. Kemba Walker credits LaFleur for helping him to take his game to another level.

The most important thing that LaFleur brought to UConn, however, was his recruiting of top talent from across the country to play for the Huskies.

LaFleur has been able to reel in big time players over the years, including Jerome Dyson, Stanley Robinson, incoming ESPNU Top 100 recruit Ryan Boatright, Hasheem Thabeet and of course Kemba Walker.

It's hard to predict how big of an effect LaFleur's departure will be, but one thing's for sure: someone has to fill the big shoes that LaFleur is leaving behind. Without LaFleur's talents as a recruiter UConn have to find a top recruiting option to continue to bring top high school talent to Storrs.

If Kemba Walker credits the man for helping him take his game to another level, then you know you're losing a special coach. I admire what LaFleur has been able to do over the years at UConn and wish him luck in his pursuit to become a head coach.

This loss may not seem that big of a deal, but UConn basketball has lost a very talented recruiter and great coach. Only time will tell what kind of an effect losing LaFleur will have on future recruiting at UConn.