Report: Former Kentucky forward may land at 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.