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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

More on Bria Holmes; CPTV's Hoop Streams is back

I reported that Hillhouse star Bria Holmes became the third known commitment for West Virginia in the upcoming recruiting class. Well, the Mountaineers actually now have five commits.

New York point guard Darius Faulk committed after visiting West Virginia this weekend as did Holmes. I had mentioned that Maryland high school stars Jennie Simms and Lanay Montgomery had previously committed. West Virginia also has a pledge from in-state player Mackenzie White meaning that barring any transfers, the Mountaineers are done for the year and will have two open spots in the Class of 2013 since next year's roster will feature five freshmen, four sophomores, four juniors and two seniors.

Bill Dixon, one of Holmes' AAU coaches, credits West Virginia assistant coach George Porcha (a former defensive back at the University of New Haven) for doing much of the work on the recruitment of Holmes.

"They've been (recruiting) her for more than a year, they've been consistently on her," Dixon said. "She went there for a visit and solidified things. George Porcha knew the area well and did his homework."

Dixon said the final schools with Holmes were West Virginia, Rutgers, St. John's and Penn State.

"I wasn't that surprised, they wanted her bad," Dixon said of Holmes' decision.

"They like to run, jump, press and Bria has played that way at Hillhouse for last four years. It fits her pretty well. I heard they want her as a guard, to play a 2 (shooting guard) or 3 (small forward)."

Although she will be far away from her family, Holmes could seek out another former Hillhouse star if she needs somebody from New Haven to talk to. Carmella Suggs, a 2000 Hillhouse graduate, played at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, W. Va. and still lives in the area.

CPTV will once again offer live streams of the UConn's women's basketball games it holds the rights to at a cost of $59.95 for the season, $34.95 for a monthly pass or or $14.95 for pay-per-view broadcasts. Oct. 1 is the first day to sign up for the program.

CPTV's release said the eighth year of the Hoop Streams program will feature clearer video and five-times-faster streaming speed.

Hoop Streams provides live and on-demand access to CPTV-aired UConn games, The Geno Auriemma Show, archived games and more. Subscribers to the service have the flexibility to watch the games live on their computer or at a later date, and as many times as they choose.

CPTV has yet to announce the schedule of games it will be televising but it could be as many as 21 since only nine regular-season games have been contracted to other networks. Among the games CPTV figures to secure the rights to include the season opener against Holy Cross as well against the ones against perennial Big East first-division teams DePaul, Rutgers, West Virginia and St. John's.

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