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Thursday, March 05, 2015

Three UConn commits to play in Jordan Brand game

UConn incoming freshmen De'Janae Boykin, Napheesa Collier and Katie Lou Samuelson as well as Capital Prep star Kiah Gillespie have been selected to play in the inaugural girls' game at the Jordan Brand Classic at the Barclays Center in New York on April 17.

Boykin, Samuelson and Gillespie will play for the West team while Collier will be a member of the East team.

Boykin, a 6-foot-2 forward at Flowers High School in Springdale, Md., averaged 21.5 points in six games this season before being sidelined with a hand/wrist injury.

Collier, a 6-foot-1 forward at Incarnate Word Academy in St. Louis, is averaging 26.4 points. 12.6 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 4 steals and 3.9 blocked shots per game as a senior as she has led IWA to 25 wins in a row.

Samuelson, a 6-foot-3 wing at Mater Dei High in Santa Ana, Calif., is averaging 29.5 points per game. She has scored at least 30 points 15 times in 27 contests and led Mater Dei to 25 straight victories.

Gillespie, a 6-foot-1 forward who has signed with Maryland, is averaging 31.2 points, 15.8 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 2.6 steals and 2.2 blocked shots per game heading into today's CIAC Class L second-round game against Weaver.

Former UConn star Maya Moore is slated to be on hand to host the festivities for the girls game, which starts at 3:30 p.m. Speaking of Moore, she had 35 points as Shanxi defeated Beijing 72-70 to clinch a third straight WCBA championship. Moore added 16 rebounds and four assists. In the final two games of the championship series she had 81 points, 27 rebounds, seven assists and six steals.

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