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Thursday, November 12, 2015

UConn's recruiting class is official

Four years ago a three-player recruiting class came into UConn being touted as one of the best collection of talent in one incoming freshman class.

There won't be the same sort of hoopla surrounding the trio of Molly Bent, Crystal Dangerfield and Kyla Irwin although they will be part of a UConn team looking to replace All-Americans Moriah Jefferson and Breanna Stewart.

Irwin was the first of the trio to sign and fax her National Letter of Intent on Wednesday, the first day of the early signing period. Dangerfield's letter arrived in the UConn women's basketball office not long after. Bent's was the last one to arrive.

It's an interesting group. Unlike four years ago when Stewart, Jefferson and Morgan Tuck were among the top five players in the class, the current crop of incoming freshmen include one top five recruit (Dangerfield) and a pair of under the radar prospects.

Dangerfield, a 5-foot-6 guard, averaged 15.5 points, 4.6 rebounds, 5.6 assists and 2.5 steals as a junior at Blackman High in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

Dangerfield, playing on a team with six college players and three others incoming freshmen, finished third on the U.S. team which won the 2015 FIBA U-19 World Championship with 19 assists (with just four turnovers) and was tied for second (behind UConn freshman Napheesa Collier) with 14 steals.

Bent, a 5-foot-9 guard from Centerville, Mass., scored more than 1,000 points in three seasons at Barnstable High (beginning as an eighth grader) and had a pair of 40-point games in a two-week span. She transferred to Tabor Academy and was part of a balanced offense as she was one of three players averaging between 11-12 points per game for a team which reached the NEPSAC Class A title game.

Irwin, a 6-foot-2 forward, is the daughter of former Branford High star Bethany (Collins) Irwin who happens to be her coach at State College (Pa.) High School. As a junior Kyla Irwin averaged 20 points per game, had a pair of 30-point games and scored at least 20 points a total of 13 times in 23 games.

Here are Geno Auriemma's thoughts courtesy of UConn's official release

"Molly is Molly. She is an old-fashioned kind of guard. She is a throwback to the days when kids just played hard and competed. She sees things and is unselfish and is just a basketball junkie. Molly loves the game as much as anyone I’ve seen in the last 30 years and I think the people here are going to really enjoy watching her play.

"Crystal is one of those unique little guards, like Moriah Jefferson, where she is strong enough and quick enough that she can get things done that a lot of players can’t. She can get to spots on the floor, on offense and on defense, which a lot of kids cant.  She had a great summer with USA Basketball and really learned a lot.  I think with Moriah graduating, Crystal is going to come in and have a chance to have an impact right away.

"Kyla is the kind of kid that we have taken great pride in getting over the last 30 years. She is a hard-working, high-energy kid and has skills that allow her to play more than one position.  She knows how to play the game.  She is exactly the kind of kid that we have looked for at UConn and the fact that she has some connections to Connecticut is an added bonus.  We are really excited about having her and her family as part of our program."


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Geno is such a class act. Wonderful uplifting comments about his newest stars!!!!

3:52 PM 

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