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Friday, March 22, 2013

Three recruits expected to attend tomorrow's game

Three highly-touted high school juniors including recent commitment Sadie Edwards are expected to be in the stands when UConn plays Idaho in the first round of the NCAA tournament on Saturday afternoon.

Edwards, a Meriden resident who now attends Blair Academy in Blairstown, N.J., committed earlier this week after making an unofficial visit.

Fellow New Jersey star Taylor Rooks, a 6-foot forward who was recently named New Jersey's Gatorade Player of the Year after averaging 27.4 points, 9.6 rebounds, 3.2 steals, 2.1 assists and 1.7 blocked shots as a junior at Gill St. Bernard in Gladstone, N.J., caught the attention of UConn recruiters when she had a huge game (34 points, 12 rebounds and four blocked shots) against UConn recruiting target Sierra Calhoun's Christ the King squad with UConn coach Geno Auriemma in the stands for the early February game. The Clarence, N.Y. resident also has a 4.2 grade point average and is said to be a relentless competitor on the court.

Also expected to be at the game is Gabby Williams, a 5-foot-11 guard at Reed High in Sparks, Nev.

Williams is a dynamic athletic who finished fifth in the high school at the 2012 U.S. Olympic trials but the day after UConn assistant coach Shea Ralph went to see her play, Williams tore the ACL in her right knee. She was averaging 30 points, 11 rebounds and six assists per game heading into the game she suffered the  injury.

Another player on UConn's radar is 6-foot forward Lexi Gussert out of Forest Park High School in Crystal Falls, Mich.

Gussert was selected as the Associated Press Class D Player of the Year in Michigan last week after averaging 27.4 points, 9.6 rebounds, 3.2 steals, 2.1 assists and 1.7 blocked shots per game as a junior.

Also, I noticed that the New York Mr. Basketball Award was presented to Christ the King's Jon Severe after the Royals' game in the Federation tournament. It would not shock me to see the same thing happen tomorrow night with New York Miss Basketball since UConn signee Saniya Chong would seem like the no brainer pick to win the award and she will lead Ossining against Bishop Ford in Saturday night's Federation Class AA title game.

Finally, the Orange County Register announced its Player of the Year and it went to UConn Class of 2015 recruiting target Katie Lou Samuelson beating out an impressive field of candidates including her older sister Karlie who is headed to Stanford in the fall.

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