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Monday, May 23, 2016

Report: Former Kentucky forward may land at UConn

There was a time when Batouly Camara was in the mix to join the UConn women's basketball program. According to a report by the Hartford Courant, that may actually end up happening as Camara is considering a transfer to UConn.

It was almost two years ago to the day that I posted a blog about the former Blair Academy star when I was out in Colorado Springs for the USA Basketball junior national trials.

"It (UConn's interest) was a progression, being with USA (Basketball) and being able to talk to them, word gets around," Camara said at the time. "I feel honored to be even considered by UConn and Geno (Auriemma)."

Camara is a versatile 6-foot-2 forward from New York who averaged a double-double as a senior. In her three seasons at Blair, she led the Buccaneers to a 62-8 record and three consecutive Mid-Atlantic Prep league titles.

Camara averaged 5.1 points and 4.3 rebounds in 18.3 minutes per game as a freshman at Kentucky. She had a career-high 11 rebounds against UNC-Asheville in the first round of the NCAA tournament. In a loss at South Carolina Camara had a career-high 14 points to go with nine rebounds, two assists and a blocked shot in 25 minutes before fouling out. She also had eight points, nine rebounds and two blocked shots in an overtime win against Tennessee.

Camara previously announced that she would be transferring out of Kentucky, one of six players to transfer, another was dismissed and multiple players who have committed to play for the Wildcats have backed out of those pledges.

Camara has a couple of advantages when it comes to potentially landing at UConn. First, she was involved with the UConn coaching staff during the recruiting process so there is already a sense of what kind of player and person she is. Also, former UConn star Tamika Williams was one of the Kentucky assistants last season (although she also left the program) so the Huskies can get an honest assessment of Camara from somebody who knows what it takes to play for the 11-time national champions.

If Camara does land at UConn, I believe it would be the first time that the Huskies have accepted two transfers in the same year. Former Duke star Azura' Stevens has already been officially announced as an accepted transfer. Both Camara and Stevens come from programs dealing with departures at a fast and furious rate. UConn rising junior Natalie Butler came to UConn from Georgetown under similar situations. Both Camara and Stevens would have to sit out the upcoming season. Stevens will have two years of eligibility remaining while Camara would have three.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Since this story involves a teenager - and not Clinton or Trump - why did the Courant not wait until UConn could officially announce this rumored transfer per NCAA guidelines?

Walk-on players were needed a couple seasons ago to fill UConn's practice squad on the road. UConn has a small incoming class for 2016 with 3 players, only 1 ranked. As of right now, UConn does not have a large incoming verbal class for 2017.

Transfers in WCBB have appeared to spike in the last 3 seasons, for various reason. UConn has averaged approximately 1 transfer out per year, since Delle Donne.

Auriemma has not been a huge fan of accepting transfers into UConn, since the players have less time to learn UConn basketball way of life.

Did the UConn coaching staff adjust their historic mindset in order to avoid searching for walk-on players again? Did the UConn coaches decide the current roster plus 2016 class and potential 2017 class did not give the Huskies a legitimate shot at National Championship #12?

If this former Kentucky player does sign with UConn, look forward to possible Auriemma statements on UConn's rarity of 3 transfers on 1 squad.


4:27 PM 
Blogger Jim Fuller said...

Paul Doyle was well within his rights to report what he did. I have posted commitments of players younger than that.

I don't think the coaching staff's attitude has changed regarding transfers. They did not go into the spring and summer saying "let's get a couple of transfers." They shy away from accepting transfers because of the reasons most kids transfer, a lack of playing time and issues getting along with their coaches and teammates. All three of the current transfers are coming out of programs in disarray and especially with Stevens and Camara, current UConn players have played with them or been in U.S. junior national trials with them so they know what and who they are getting.

5:19 PM 

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