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Monday, October 20, 2014

Add a new name to UConn's Class of 2016 recruiting targets

I have a hunch that the recruitment of the Class of 2016 is going to be one of the interesting processes to follow with the first commitment coming out of Tennessee and UConn having its eyes on multiple players from Texas and California which is always a challenging proposition getting those players to come to Connecticut.

With Geno Auriemma away at some key periods in the recruiting process due to his national team coaching commitment he sped up the process of identifying the players in the class who he thinks could be a good fit. It's already paid off with the commitment of top guard Crystal Dangerfield.

There are plenty of guards and wings on UConn's radar but getting a post player is a major priority. Well, they don't come much bigger than a new recruiting target as Auriemma and his staff have been in contact with 6-foot-9 Nigerian Felicia Aiyeotan, a junior at Neumann-Goretti High School in Philadelphia.

Aiyeotan, who plays for the powerhouse Philadelphia Belles AAU program, visited Kentucky over the weekend and Santarelli said UConn, Notre Dame, Penn State and USC are among the major programs taking a look at Aiyeotan.

Santarelli said Aiyeotan runs the floor well, catches the ball well, has an outstanding drop step and has a tremendous upside.

Both her high school and AAU coaches said Aiyeotan, who has only been playing organized basketball for a couple of years, has made tremendous strides over the last several months.

Santarelli said the interest from UConn is relatively new and they haven't been down yet to check her out in an open gym and that the recruiting process is just starting to pick up and there is no date planned for her to come to UConn for a visit yet but she is definitely a name I'll be keeping an eye on.



2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lauren Cox is the most mature and capable big I've seen in years. She's the target for 2016 if anyone is.

10:14 AM 
Blogger Vincent Biggers said...

I would say Joyner Holmes out of Cedar Hill,Texas is the No.1 Recruit in that Class.

1:24 AM 

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