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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Samuelson thrilled to be at UConn

Today was the first chance we've gotten to speak to UConn players and I made my rounds finishing up by spending a few extra minutes with freshman Katie Lou Samuelson.

I've received more emails about Samuelson's status than any freshman since Elena Delle Donne's short stay in Storrs since the recently named WNBA MVP left UConn after two days.

Samuelson, who gave up her spot on the U.S. team playing in the FIBA U19 World Championships to stay at home this summer with her ill mother, said she has every intention of playing for UConn for all four seasons.

"Obviously I made the decision that I needed to be home instead of traveling with USA Basketball and I think for me that is the decision that needed to be made," Samuelson said after UConn's pickup basketball game on Tuesday. "I am very glad I did because now she is getting better and better. I am still not going to see her so I really needed to spend that time with her. This summer was a bummer but I told myself it was time to get better so I worked out a lot more than I would have overseas so I think overall this summer was good for me.

"I definitely got to see them more and that was a plus. I always liked spending time with my family they are the closest people, I tell every single one of them everything, mom, dad, Karlie, Bonnie, we are a really close family so it was nice to be able to spend time together."

The personable Samuelson is rather active on social media but she went quiet during the time when she opted to remain home. However, there was never a question that she would be following through on her commitment to come to UConn.

"I knew that coming here," Samuelson said of the fishbowl type of atmosphere generated by the UConn fan base "That is why I am here. I am super excited. I am committed to UConn more than anything, I am doing four years here and I am very excited to do that. There are situations that we have to accept and move on from but I know I am here, dedicated and ready to go and I don't plan on leaving anytime soon until Christmas when I will be home for a couple of days."

TUCK PLANNING TO PLAY ALL FIVE YEARS
The WNBA Draft lottery will be held on Thursday with the winner getting the chance to draft UConn's Breanna Stewart. Fellow Husky All-American Moriah Jefferson could also be a lottery pick.

If Morgan Tuck opted to come out after this season, she could also go in the lottery but being granted a fifth season of eligibility after playing only eight games in the 2013-14 season before undergoing knee surgery.

Tuck has said before that her plan was to play both this season and the following campaign. She reiterated that her plan has not changed.

"My plan is to be here for five years and get a masters degree," Tuck said. "I think it will be really beneficial and I want to play for as long as possible so I want to be here for five years."


3 Comments:

Blogger MikeMC said...

Thanks Jim. I know that fans like me can be a pain in the butt!

Mike.

8:10 PM 
Blogger James Kerwin said...

Katie Lou--You only have ONE MOM--take extra care of her. You can play lots of post season basketball anywhere you want. But when Mom gets ill, your only job is to be there with her and your family. If that takes you back to Calif to be close---REAL UConn fans will understand.

But we want you with us for the next 4 or 10 years--you are important to Uconn Fans and to the UConn team. We expect that KLS will fill the shoes of KML.

One day you'll tell us what happened to Mom --yep at this point she is Mom to all Uconn fans.

9:08 AM 
Anonymous Joe said...

Interesting to notice that Della-Donne is the MVP yet her team is eliminated from the WNBA playoffs, while plenty of UConn alumna are still playing.

12:43 PM 

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