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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

UConn coaches ready to hit the recruiting trail

Fresh after leading UConn to its eighth national title and taking part in the post-championship celebrations, it is time to get back on the road for UConn head coach Geno Auriemma, associate head coach Chris Dailey and assistant coaches Marisa Moseley and Shea Ralph.

Like so many of the coaching staffs from the major programs, the quartet will head out to the Deep South Classic in Raleigh, N.C., the Boo Williams event in Hampton, Va. and Windy City Classic in Chicago.

With commitments from Class of 2014 perimeter players Sadie Edwards, Courtney Ekmark and Gabby Williams the obvious focus for the UConn coaching staff is landing some inside players.A'ja Wilson is clearly at the top of UConn's recruiting wish list and she will be playing in the Deep South Classic.

I spoke to Wilson's AAU coach Jerome Dickerson (who also coached former Husky Kalana Greene with the Palmetto 76ers AAU program). He said that "everybody loves UConn and loves Geno" and UConn is very much in play with the multi-faceted Wilson who stands anywhere from 6-4 to 6-6 depending on which site you choose to believe. Dickerson believes Wilson will wait to take her official visits before making a decision. Dickerson also said that Wilson received her invitation to try out for the U.S. junior national team. What I've been hearing if that the list of invitees could be out as early as the end of the week but it is more likely for the list to be announced by USA Basketball next week.

Kathryn Westbeld who led her Fairmont squad to the Ohio Division I state title and the 6-foot-2 forward plays for the All-Ohio Black and Taylor Rooks, an AAU teammate of Edwards and the Gatorade State Player of the Year in New Jersey as a junior, have both visited UConn. Another frontcourt player on UConn's radar is Lexi Gussert out of Forest Park High in Crystal Park, Mich. There was a recent television report stating that Gussert narrowed her list to five schools and UConn was not on that list. However, what I've been hearing is UConn is still very much involved in the recruitment of Gussert while Christ the King star Sierra Calhoun is another player drawing interest from UConn.

With so many of the top players at events the UConn coaches will be attending this weekend it would not be shocking to me if a new name or two emerged but we'll have to wait and see.

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Anonymous Holly Tyler said...

Pipeline from UConn to the great state of Texas closed? Thought with Moriah playing decent minutes on a NC team that another high profiler would committ. Can't blame players for remaining close to home. But the state of Texas has lost some great ones to other schools.

6:06 PM 
Blogger JC said...

Good stuff. Thanks Jim.

If you can, find out if UConn coaches are interested in 2014 Canadian guard named Kia Nurse. She's from Hamilton, ONT and reportedly playing very well down at the Boo Williams event. She played on Canadian U17 team and wants to play college ball. Her sister played for Curt Miller at Bowling Green and Miller is recruiting Kia to Indiana Univ. I know UConn already has commits from guards but she seems like a UConn type kid. Both parents were great athletes; uncle is Donovan McNabb. Hamilton only 7 hrs from Storrs :-)

5:44 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jim, enjoy your post tremendously, but everything I hear, as recent as last night, says A'ja will choose between USC, and UNC, with Tennesse still getting a look . Was told A'ja wants to stay close to home?

7:41 AM 

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