ESPN 100 point guard Makai Ashton-Langford has requested his release from the national letter of intent he signed with the University of Connecticut during November's early signing period.
The news comes on the heels of the departure of associate head coach Glenn Miller as well as Steven Enoch and Vance Jackson, who have both requested their releases within the past week.
"At first, it was mainly because of Coach Miller leaving that made me think about it," Ashton-Langford told ESPN, "but as I started to do that, I realized I kind of made my first decision spontaneously right after my visit."
Connecticut returns both Jalen Adams and Alterique Gilbert in the backcourt next year but otherwise has limited depth on the perimeter. Ashton-Langford said he will be looking for more of an immediate opportunity to have the ball in his hands on a full-time basis and that UConn head coach Kevin Ollie "respected the decision."
With his full release expected no later than Monday, Ashton-Langford said he is open to all suitors and would ultimately like to take two or three visits before making a decision. Initially, Providence and Louisville were his other two finalists, but with schools like Duke, Kansas, Syracuse, Georgetown, NC State, and others all still in the market for an immediate impact point guard, he's likely to have a wealth of options in the coming weeks.
Connecticut has moved quickly as well. On Tuesday the Huskies named former Washington associate head coach Raphael Chillious to the same position, and on Thursday they learned that they will receive a visit from another ESPN 100 point guard and former Washington signee Blake Harris, who would be a similarly good fit in their perimeter rotation with his size, versatility and passing instincts.
Gilbert was cleared to resume full contact on Friday after a season-ending shoulder injury in November, while Terry Larrier is also reportedly ahead of schedule and running on a treadmill after tearing his ACL in November.
Ashton-Langford is just the latest four-star guard to reopen his recruitment in recent weeks after Tremont Waters, Daejon Davis, Jemarl Baker and Harris.