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Saturday, April 06, 2013

UConn commit Courtney Ekmark checking out Final Four

Even before her dad was named as one of the coaches for the WBCA High School All-American Game, UConn commit Courtney Ekmark's family was planning to come to New Orleans for the Final Four.

Now, according to Curtis, they will be sticking around as long as UConn is playing.

Ekmark, a 6-foot wing out of St. Mary's in Phoenix, was soaking up the atmosphere.


"I am really excited, I can't wait for the game," Ekmark said.They get along well."

Ekmark was first member of the Class of 2014 to commit to UConn and with each passing week and month she is more certain about her decision to head across the county after she graduates from high school in 2014.

"I've always knew I was going to commit early," Ekmark said. "I knew I wasn't going to wait until the last minute to commit."

As for the distance away from home Ekmark said "I'm not worried about it."

Ekmark led St. Mary's to its third straight state title and the No. 2 ranking in USA Today's national poll.

"It was special," Ekmark said. "Freshman season was our first championship and it was cool and the second one was a national champion. The last one was really a lot of fun. It was just a good team and to end with a state title. It was really exciting. It was an emotional game, it was the last game I was going to play with these guys.'

Ekmark will be playing AAU ball with Cal Swish this summer where one of her teammates will be UConn Class of 2015 recruiting target Katie Lou Samuelson.

According to her father, Courtney would love to visit UConn in June where she could play pickup games with the UConn players and there have been discussions about having her visit UConn in October so she can be there for First Night festivities.

Before all of that happens, she's got another season to play - the tennis season where she is the No. 1 singles player and plays on the top doubles team at St. Mary's.

"It is interesting playing tennis," Ekmark said. "I just it the ball as hard as I can."

Ekmark said she plays a serve and volley style

"It is fun to play a (spring) sport, it is good for cross training," Courtney Ekmark said.

Former Class of 2014 UConn recruiting target Brianna Turner was at Saturday's game as well.

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