Ex-Saint Mary’s star Aidan Mahaney commits to UConn

Ex-Saint Mary’s star Aidan Mahaney commits to UConn

According to a report from ESPN’s Jeff Borzello earlier today, former Saint Mary’s guard Aidan Mahaney has committed to UConn.

Mahaney chose the Huskies over Kentucky, Creighton and Virginia.

“I chose UConn because I want to compete for national championships,” Mahaney said. “UConn is a place that keeps the main thing the main thing. The coaching staff has proven themselves to be the best in the country the last two years. Offensively with Luke Murray, I’ll be in a different system that should allow my game to grow even more. And defensively with Kimani Young, I’ll be challenged to become the best I can be. Coach Hurley will push me to be the best player I can be and I can’t wait to pick his brain and the rest of the staff. Every subsection from managers to grad assistants and DOBOs all work incredibly hard and are detailed down to a T with everything.

“I chose UConn to be pushed, to be a part of something bigger than myself, to compete for a national championship and to become a pro.”

Dan Hurley’s program will be gunning for its third consecutive national title in the 2024-25 campaign. UConn also added a commitment over the weekend from Liam McNeeley, a five-star prospect out of Montverde Academy.

As a true freshman for the Gaels in 2022-23, Mahaney started 26 of 35 games, averaging 13.9 points, 2.1 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 0.9 steals per game. He made 42.8 percent of his field-goal attempts, 40.0 percent of his 3-pointers and 71.8 percent of his free throws.

Mahaney averaged 13.9 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.6 APG for Saint Mary’s as a sophomore this past season. He hit 38.6 percent of his FGAs, 35.5 percent of his treys and 81.3 percent of his free throws.

Mahaney garnered first-team All-WCC honors in both of his seasons with the Gaels, who were #5 seeds in the NCAA Tournament both years. They beat VCU in the first round of the 2023 NCAA Tournament before losing to UConn in the second round.

Randy Bennett’s team lost 75-66 to Grand Canyon in the first round of the 2024 NCAA Tourney. Mahaney had 13 points, three rebounds and three assists compared to only one turnover against the Antelopes, but he made just 5-of-21 FGAs and 3-of-13 launches from 3-point territory.

In three career NCAA Tournament games, Mahaney has buried merely 9-of-39 FGAs (23.1%).

UConn has already lost four starters in Stephon Castle, Donovan Clingan, Tristen Newton and Cam Spencer. The fifth starter, Alex Karaban, is testing the NBA waters while retaining his college eligibility.

Most mock drafts have a second-round grade on Karaban, so there’s a decent chance that he’ll be back in Storrs.

According to the 247Sports Composite, UConn has the nation’s #9 recruiting class. The Huskies are adding a pair of four-star prospects in Ahmad Nowell and Isaiah Abraham. Before getting Mahaney from out of the portal, they scored a commitment from ex-Michigan center and four-star transfer Tarris Reed Jr.

With the addition of McNeeley and Mahaney, FanDuel moved UConn’s odds from 14/1 to 11/1 to win the 2025 NCAA Tournament. Those are the second-shortest odds on the board behind Kansas (10/1).