UConn's basketball programs help generate a dominant percentage of the Division of Athletics' external revenue, nearly $11 million of which annually goes toward scholarships. Thus, keeping the men's and women's basketball programs strong and competitive is critical for the Division's future, in support of our mission to provide outstanding academic and athletic opportunities for our student-athletes.
The UConn Basketball Development Center will have a profound impact on our ability to generate revenue, recruit talented student-athletes, and provide scholarships for deserving young men and women who proudly wear the Husky uniform.
In recent years, some peer institutions have built basketball practice facilities; others are in the planning or construction stage. Examples: the University of Kentucky's $30-million Joe Craft Center; the Carmelo K. Anthony Basketball Center at Syracuse University; the Michael W. Krzyzewski Center at Duke University; and the Yum! Center at the University of Louisville. A talented student-athlete will always be influenced by the quality of a facility.
If UConn facilities are superior to other institutions, this will only assist in attracting top recruits to Storrs. Without that talent, our superb basketball programs may erode, with a devastating impact on Athletics revenue and national visibility for the University.