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Monday, November 11, 2013

Enjoyable visit to UConn for Kia Nurse

I caught up with the dad of UConn recruiting target Kia Nurse, a starting guard on the Candian national team, earlier this afternoon to get a sense of how Nurse enjoyed her official visit to campus this weekend.

"It was an excellent visit," Richard Nurse said. "I think UConn showed us the best it had to offer. I thought it was a great opportunity for her to get a look at the best U.S. university in women's basketball in the country. We got an opportunity to see the campus, walk the campus and kind of get a feel for college life."

The Nurses were at the UConn/Hartford game on Saturday but also got to see Friday's practice and Saturday's pre-game shootaround.

"We kind of got a feel of (as if) they where getting ready preparing for an NCAA tournament (caliber of game) because obviously because they are playing Stanford tonight so it was a good opportunity to see how they work in a short period of time with a big game coming up. I think she loved it. I think it was a great opportunity for her to kind of see Stewie play, see Bria play and I think it is outstanding for her."

If there was a downside it was recruits can only be on campus for 48 hours on an official visit so they couldn't stick around to see tonight's game against Stanford.

"We would have loved to have seen that," Richard Nurse said. "It would have really have given us an opportunity to see them play, not that Hartford is a bad team, but kind of see them play against a high-level program."

He said a decision could be coming soon as they have already taken official visits to Penn State and Indiana with one planned to Kentucky this weekend.

"The last place for her to go is Kentucky and by this time next week, because I am sick of this stuff too, I am hoping she can give us all an answer," Richard Nurse said. "That is the game plan as we speak. She is ready (to make a commitment)."

With the early signing period beginning on Wednesday and running to Nov. 20, there is a time frame for the decision to be made if she wants to avoid waiting until the late signing period.


"(St. Thomas More) won league championship Thursday night (with Nurse scoring 31 points)," Richard Nurse said. "They go to play in state final, as long as they win Wednesday they should be ranked No. 1."

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