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ESPN 100 point guard Makai Ashton-Langford chooses UConn

ESPN 100 point guard Makai Ashton-Langford has committed to Conn.

Ashton-Langford is ranked No. 33 in the ESPN 100. The No. 8 point guard in the class was UConn's top priority in the backcourt. He is the first commitment for Kevin Ollie in 2017.

"I think Coach Ollie can really build me up to be the guard I want to be," Ashton-Langford said. "He played in the league for 10 years so he knows what it takes to get there and then stay there."

Ashton-Langford, a 6-foot-2 prospect who will play at Brewster Academy (New Hampshire) this season, led his Mass Rivals AAU program to four championships in July -- including the Adidas Summer Championships in Las Vegas. He averaged 15.5 points and 3.3 assists on the Adidas Gauntlet circuit in the spring and summer.

Ashton-Langford was down to UConn and Providence, and he made trips to both schools in the past week, with the official visit to Storrs coming this past weekend. Louisville was involved earlier in the summer, but the Cardinals fell out of the mix after taking a commitment from ESPN 100 point guard Darius Perry (No. 53) in mid-August.

The Huskies have sophomore Jalen Adams and incoming McDonald's All-American Alterique Gilbert at point guard for the upcoming season, but Ashton-Langford will give Ollie, who likes to use two ball-handlers on the court, another option.

"When I spent the weekend with Jalen he was talking about how much of a family atmosphere it was, and that's what I was looking for," Ashton-Langford said. A family atmosphere just like we have with the Rivals."

The biggest remaining target for UConn in 2017 is five-star wing scorer Hamidou Diallo (No. 11).