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Wednesday, January 01, 2014

UConn recruiting targets go after titles today

Asia Durr is one of three UConn Class of 2015 recruiting targets
playing in Naples Holiday Shootout which wraps up today
While UConn will be playing its first American Athletic Conference road game in Orlando later on today, a pair of UConn Class of 2015 recruiting targets will be on the other side of Florida going after divisional championships in the Naples Holiday Shootout.

With her father 15-year NBA forward P.J. Brown, a member of the Boston Celtics' 2008 NBA championship team, and a large group of college coaches looking on Salmen (La.) forward/center Kalani Brown had 20 points (on 10 of 12 shooting) and 11 rebounds in a 62-26 win over Baron Collier from Naples on Tuesday to advance to the National Division championship game to face Rogers High out of Toledo, Ohio which is led by Eastern Michigan signee Sasha Dailey (41 points in the two wins in Naples). Brown began the tournament by scoring 30 points and adding 11 rebounds and six blocked shots in a 57-44 win over St. Joseph's Academy out of St. Louis.

In the American Division, Napheesa Collier, who has UConn in her list of five finalists. averaged 26 points to lead Incarnate Word Academy to the championship game with wins over Elizabethtown and Paul VI. The St. Louis school will play Blackman out of Murfreesboro, Tenn. for the title at 9:30 p.m. The Salmen/Rogers game is set to tip at 8 p.m. If people want to spend $20, a live stream of the games is available.

There was a chance that Brown could have squared off with fellow UConn recruiting target Asia Durr in the semifinals but Durr's St. Pius X squad lost its opener to Baron Collier. Durr finished with 15 points, 10 below her season average. She rebounded with 29 points 10 rebounds and three blocked shots in Tuesday's win over St. Joseph's Academy. St. Pius X will play Konxville's Christian Academy squad in the fifth-place game at 5 p.m.

Another player on UConn's recruiting target is also having a strong showing at the tournament. Erin Boley, a sophomore at Elizabethtown (Ky.) High, took an unofficial visit to UConn in November and was in the stands when the Huskies opened the season by beating Hartford on Nov. 9. After being held to 11 points in the loss to Incarnate Word Boley had 26 points, 12 rebounds, three assists and three steals in a 64-50 win over Edgewater. Elizabethtown will play in the American Division fifth-place game at 3:30 p.m.

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