UMass men’s basketball adds three-star recruit Tyrn Flowers to deep 2016 class

By Anthony Chiusano

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The Massachusetts men’s basketball team likely put the finishing touches on its 2016 recruiting class Monday, adding another highly-rated recruit to the mix.

ESPN RecruitingNation’s Adam Finkelstein tweeted out Monday evening that Waterbury, Connecticut native and Sacred Heart High School student Tyrn Flowers has verbally committed to UMass for next year.

Flowers brings size as a 6-foot-8 forward and is averaging 19 points per game for Sacred Heart this season. He was rated as a three-star recruit by ESPN and is listed as the third-best recruit coming out of Connecticut by the site.

Flowers is considered a “late bloomer” in terms of potential and has grown four inches in the past year. He was named one of the most improved New England basketball recruits by New England Recruiting Report this past summer.

Flowers joins an already deep class of 2016 that will bring Chris Baldwin (four-star), De’Jon Jarreau (four-star), Brison Gresham (three-star) and Unique McLean (three-star) to Amherst next season.

In Finkelstein’s thread of tweets revealing Flowers’ commitment, he said Flowers stated UMass’ new Champions Center facility, the chemistry among players and his relationship with coach Derek Kellogg were major factors in his decision.

According to Finkelstein, Flowers was also considering Providence and Maryland.

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