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Saturday, March 30, 2013

UConn's latest recruit could do double duty

As luck would have it, former Amity High star Allison Barwise made the finals in the high jump in the 2012 Olympic trials so I made sure to tune in when the event was being televised. At the time one of the stories drawing the most attention was a teen named Gabby Williams putting on quite the show.

Williams, just weeks removed from the end of her sophomore season at Reed High in Sparks, Nev., soared over the bar at 6-2 3/4 en route to finishing fifth. Although she missed making the Olympic team by two spots.

Little did I know as I heard the announcers rave about Williams that just nine months later I would be writing about Williams as being the latest UConn basketball recruit.

Now the issue is whether Williams, a dynamic 5-11 junior guard, will play both sports at UConn.

She has been on the record as saying that she would not consider a school unless it lets her do both and that she wants to redshirt her sophomore season so she can focus all of her athletic energies to making the Olympic team.

When I spoke to Williams yesterday, she said she is not set on that previously reported scenario.

"I am still thinking about, I haven't decided," Williams said. "I still have plenty of times to figure it out."

UConn coaches are not allowed to comment on Williams until she signs her letter of intent in November but Williams said they are willing to allow her make that decision.

The last time I can recall a Husky play two sports was during the 1994-95 season when Jill Gelfenbein was a star goalkeeper on the women's soccer team. However, she was not a scholarship basketball player so this could be a little different.

With commitments from Williams and fellow perimeter players Courtey Ekmark and Sadie Edwards, obviously the focus will be on trying to secure commitments from inside players.

A'ja Wilson, a 6-foot-5 phenom out of Heathwood Hall in Columbia, S.C., is considered by many as the top player in the Class of 2014 and she is at the top of the Huskies' wish list. Kathryn Westbeld, a 6-foot-2 forward out to Ohio Division I state champion Fairmont, and Taylor Rooks, a 6-foot-1 forward for Gill St. Bernard's in Gladstone, N.J. have made unofficial visits to UConn and everything I've heard is that the Huskies are high on all three of them. Lexi Gussert, a 6-foot forward out of Forest Park HS in Crystal Falls, Mich. is one of the most dynamic offensive players in the class and she is very much on UConn's radar. Then there is Christ the King star Sierra Calhoun whose older brother Omar is a member of the UConn men's basketball team.


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