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Saturday, March 24, 2012

UConn recruits go for the gold

This weekend will conclude the brilliant high school careers of UConn incoming freshmen Moriah Jefferson and Breanna Stewart (unless you include the McDonald's and WBCA All-American games).

Jefferson, a 5-foot-7 from Glenn Heights, Tex., has her THESA Riders squad in the National Christian HomeSchool title game where the Riders will play the MHEA Eagles, the team the Riders beat in the last two title games. The championship game begins at 4:45 p.m. today. A win would give the THESA Riders six straight national titles.

In Friday's semifinals Jefferson had 20 of her 35 points in the first half and added five rebounds, five assists and five steals in a 78-49 win over the OKC Storm. There's a nice piece that captures the essence of Jefferson in today's Springfield (Mo.) News-Leader.

As for Stewart, she will lead her Cicero-North Syracuse (N.Y.) team against Nazareth in the New York Federation AA semifinals at 2 p.m. today. The winner would play Murry Bergtraum for the title on Sunday at noon,

Next up for the duo is a trip to Chicago to take part in festivities leading up to Wednesday's McDonald's All-American game. Also playing in the game is a third UConn signee Morgan Tuck and Hillhouse's Bria Holmes. My colleague Chris Hunn spoke with Holmes, a West Virginia commit who is the first girls' high school player from Connecticut selected to play in the McDonald's game, on Friday.

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Anonymous Lorena Wood said...

Jim - Do you think Jefferson not playing for USA U- teams puts her at a slight disadvantage when she arrives at UConn, compared to Stewart and Tuck? Stewart and Tuck have faced tougher competition in high school compared to home school. But more importantly, Stewart and Tuck played against the top competition in their age groups for USA U-. Thanks.

9:12 AM 
Anonymous JR said...

Good grief. Stewart just put up 42 points on 15-20 shooting, 23 rebounds and 6 blocks to get to the championship game.

4:09 PM 

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