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Saturday, December 22, 2012

UConn recruiting targets win Nike TOC titles

Katie Lou Samuelson, who is at the top of the list of players in the high school Class of 2015 being recruited by UConn, had 30 points as Mater Dei of Santa Ana, Calif. won the Division E title at the Nike Tournament of Champions with 94-72 win over Riverdale Baptist.

Samuelson had 18 of her points in the third quarter as Mater Dei completed a run through a star-studded bracket which included a win over defending champion and No. 1 nationally-ranked St. Mary's of Phoenix.

St. Mary's, led by UConn commit Courtney Ekmark, defeated Bishop O'Dowd 63-60 in the third-place game. UConn signee Saniya Chong had 39 points in the seventh-place game but it wasn't enough as her Ossining (N.Y.) team lost to Las Vegas' Centennial 85-64. Chong had 91 points in Ossining's three games in the tournament.

Jordin Canada, a Class of 2014 guard on UConn's recruiting radar, led the Windward School to the Division  G title. Canada finished with 12 points as Windward finished off the title run with 68-43 win over Miramonte.

Sierra Calhoun's Christ the King team finished 1-2 and in sixth place in the Joe Smith Division after losing 85-68 to St. Mary's out of Stockton, Calif.

UConn assistant coach Marisa Moseley was out in the Phoenix area for a couple of days checking out the action and Samuelson's play only further cemented her place as the top prospect in the Class of 2015 in UConn's eyes. I don't have too much info on other Class of 2015 prospects the Huskies are eyeing but do know that Moseley recently was in St. Louis checking out Napheesa Collier, a 6-1 forward who is averaging 28.2 points, 12.2 rebounds, 3.8 steals and 2.5 blocks per game this season.

Back to the Class of 2014, one of the few players on UConn's recruiting radar not at the TOC is Heathwood Hall's A'ja Wilson who is back lighting it up after missing the first seven games of the season with a wrist injury. In her four games all Wilson has done is average 23.5 points, 18.8 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 1.5 steals and 6.5 blocks per game. With her back playing, expect to see UConn coach Geno Auriemma to make it to one of her games next month.

While there's no drop dead date for the Connecticut Sun to name a new head coach, January 15 is the date the Sun is looking for to make a hire by. That would give the new coach a couple of weeks to be comfortable before the start of the WNBA's free-agent period.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did you mean to say that Samuelson "is" the top prospect in the class of 2015, or "is not" the top prospect in that class?

12:40 PM 

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