STORRS, Conn. (AP) UConn has added a guard from New York City to its highly touted 2016-17 recruiting class.

The school announced Wednesday that Christian Vital, a 6-foot-2 combination guard from Queens Village, New York, has signed a national letter of intent.

Vital had originally committed to UNLV, but changed his mind after Dave Rice's departure as coach.

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Vital averaged 16.2 points last season at St. Thomas More preparatory school in Oakdale, Connecticut, helping that team to the National Prep Championship finals.

Coach Kevin Ollie says besides being a great basketball player, Vital is an outstanding leader and with great character.

He joins a class that already includes forwards Mamadou Diarra from Queens, Vance Jackson from Altedena, California, Juwan Durham from Tampa, Florida, and guard Alterique Gilbert from Lithonia, Georgia.