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Monday, May 19, 2014

Samuelson commits to UConn

The hits keep coming for UConn coach Geno Auriemma and his staff.

Already securing commitments from a pair of forwards ranked among the top recruits in the Class of 2015, UConn received a pledge from 6-3 wing Katie Lou Samuelson who is the No. 1 rated player in her class by ESPN HoopGurlz and the All-Star Girls Report.

Samuelson, perhaps the best shooter in her class, made 74 3-pointers as a junior at California powerhouse Mater Dei  High en route to averaging 26.3 points per game.

She joins De'Janae Boykin and Napheesa Collier as the high-profile commitments in the Class of 2015 and Big East Freshman of Year Natalie Butler, who is transferring in from Georgetown, will also be eligible when Samuelson is a freshman at UConn.

Both of her sisters were recruited by UConn before opting to commit to Stanford. At the Final Four they vowed to let Katie Lou make her own decision.

"She is her own kid," Karlie Samuelson said. "We talked to her. She makes her own decisions but it is exciting for her."

Here's what Bonnie, the oldest of the Samuelson sisters, had to say.

"I want her to be happy wherever she goes and whatever is the best fit for her. We have talked to her and she knows this is her decision and she is going to do what she wants to do.

"I think she is doing well, she is very mature for her age, She is the youngest so she was in the gym with us when we were 7 and she was 3 so she is fine, she knows what she is doing and she is enjoying it, I think. She got to see us play against Penn State, she got to hang out with us."

All three UConn commits will be in Colorado Springs later this week for U.S. junior national team trials. Samuelson and Boykin will try out for the U-17 team while Collier will take part in the U-18 trials. The trio will team with fellow UConn recruiting target Arike Ogunbowale on a team competing in the U.S. U18 3x3 national championships which will require them staying several extra days in Colorado.

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