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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Courtney Ekmark talks about committing to UConn

When you are coming off an undefeated season culminating with your team being voted as the nation's top high school girls' basketball team it isn't hard to figure out what attracted Courtney Ekmark to UConn.

Ekmark, a 6-foot sophomore guard from Phoenix, has been rumored as being leaning heavily towards committing to UConn. She made it official by placing a call to UConn coach Geno Aurimema on Monday night.

On Wednesday night a giddy Ekmark talked about her decision.

"They have a  tradition of winning and that is why I like them," Ekmark said. "I choose UConn because I really liked the coaching staff and the competitiveness. Also I  look forward to playing with the best players in the country and the fan support is also amazing."

Ekmark visited UConn in late February and was able to meet the coaching staff and current players. She got to talk to UConn's three incoming freshmen (Moriah Jefferson, Breanna Stewart and Morgan Tuck) last week as they were all out in Colorado Springs trying out for U.S. junior national teams.

"It is going to be really fun playing with three players like them," Ekmark said, "I know they are competitive and it is going to be great.

"I am really excited, it was great to  I am blessed to have this great opportunity."

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3 Comments:

Blogger MikeMC said...

Since she's from Phoenix, is there any possibility that Diana Taurasi might have been in the mix?

7:46 PM 
Blogger Jim Fuller said...

No, Diana Taurasi's eligibility expired in 2004.

11:13 PM 
Anonymous Joann Wilson said...

At the moment, Auriemma appears to have been more important to “Ekmark 4.0″ than an extremely valued degree from any 1 of 6 top universities in the USA - Yale, Princeton, Stanford, Duke, North Carolina, and Vanderbilt.

This is a very early verbal committment by a very young teenager. I wonder if Auriemma would have been so thrilled to accept it if UConn landed DD and/or Reimer.

Ekmark is still a highly touted player no matter where DD and Reimer play. But Auriemma is painfully aware that some young teenagers do change their minds for different reasons.

I also wonder if "Ekmark 4.0" would have delayed her committment if UConn had received verbal committments from both DD and Reimer.

I sense that UConn's thin bench might have played a role in Ekmark's decision to not play at Stanford, Duke, and North Carolina, where there is definitely more competition for playing time.

Jim, I am interested in your thoughts about if UConn's "present" roster size for 2013-14 might have effected the decisions of Ekmark and other potential 2013 recruits. Thanks.

6:40 AM 

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