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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Top recruit A'ja Wilson picks South Carolina

The UConn women’s basketball team will have to wait until next year’s recruiting class to add some size to its lineup as highly-touted A’ja Wilson signed with South Carolina today.

The 6-foot-4 Wilson, considered by many as the top player in the high school Class of 2014, made her announcement live on ESPNU.

UConn was one of the four finalists for Wilson but in recent weeks and months North Carolina and South Carolina emerged as the leaders for Wilson who averaged 34.4 points, 13.9 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 3 steals and 5 rebounds as a senior at Heathwood Hall Episcopal School in Columbia, S.C.

South Carolina is set to return its top nine scorers from a team which went 29-5 and earned a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament. The Gamecocks already had one of the top recruiting classes coming in and with the addition of Wilson could be a team that poses one of the greatest threats to UConn's bid to win a third national title in a row.

With Wilson’s announcement UConn’s recruiting for the year is now completed. The Huskies signed wings Courtney Ekmark and Gabby Williams and guards Sadie Edwards and Kia Nurse. UConn is in the mix with some of the top-rated forwards in the Class of 2015 including De’Janae Boykin, Napheesa Collier and Katie Lou Samuelson.



Anonymous Joe said...

Looks like we will have no true center in 2014-2015. Stokes and Tuck are more forwards who play as centers than "actual" centers. Another year with a heavy workload per game for the starters seems in store.

4:19 PM 
Anonymous The Not So Big Announcement on ESPNU said...

3 guards and 2 small wings in 5 years. No bigs. Despite numerous targets in past 2 classes.

Chong was 74 (?) and other 4 are in Top 30. All 5 excellent HS AA. No predicted game changers though, by any ranking service.

UConn won 4 NC with 2 AA Posts. Tina with Maya and Dolson with Stewart. Bigs are part of UConn's inside-outside balanced game.

Tina and Dolson were not great until Junior season. Even if UConn lands big in 2015-16, might take 2 or 3 years to see AA play.

Stokes is good rebounder and shot blocker. But not a Dolson caliber passer and shooter. No replacement for Stokes.

What happens when Stewart leaves and UConn has only guards and small wings? Can a 2001-02 sized UConn team win a NC after 2015-16?

Is the AAC the cause of numerous HS AA bigs signing elsewhere? Are the lousy CT winters the cause? Despite recent NC # 8 and 9, is Geno's age a concern?

Is this merely the Stewart effect - bigs not wanting to be in someone's shadow? Delle Donne appeared to have affected UConn recruiting the next season, when UConn landed 1 guard.

Will we see a small dip to Top 6-10 final poll ranking after Stewart leaves? Similar to the few years in between Diana and Tina/Maya?

UConn cannot win every championship. Still a Top 5 team next year and Top 10 team after that. UConn still has Geno and CD. No issues with any of this.

When the best WCBB team targets that many HS AA bigs and comes up empty 2 years in a row, what are the kids choosing over NC? And why?

Definitely not the only UConn fan wondering.

1:24 AM 
Anonymous Ecclesiastes said...

to NSBA:

"there is a time and a place for everything under the sun."

10:32 AM 

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