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Busy Two Days on the Road for the Staff

Monday:

Coach Ollie had an in-home visit with center Diamond Stone out of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Stone is a top ten player in 2015. UConn has been on him hard for a few months now but many people didn’t know because Diamond and his family don’t talk much about his recruiting.

Coach Hobbs was in Jacksonville, Florida to watch 2016 center Udoka Azubuike. Azubuike is very new to basketball and is bursting on to the national spotlight. He has already found himself as a top 15 recruit in 2016.

The final person the staff watched was center Georgios Papagiannis. Coach Miller was in to watch the top 50 recruit in 2015 at his high school. He’s another player that is relatively new to recruiting so schools are still evaluating him.

Tuesday:

Once again head coach Kevin Ollie had another huge in-home visit. This time is was with top five combo guard Malik Newman out of Jackson, Mississippi. This is the first time UConn has been mentioned in his recruitment publicly. He has recently been saying that he and Diamond Stone are going to try and attend the same college. Coach Ollie could be trying to make that happen at UConn.

Coach Hobbs was once again watching a big man in Florida. This time it was Ted Kapita of Florida Air Academy. He’s another new recruit that UConn is expressing interest in. He could be a name to watch in the future as he is also becoming a much bigger name in college basketball recruiting.

On Tuesday coach Miller was in New Jersey to watch Tyus Battle once again. This is the second time that UConn has been in to watch him workout this month, the first time coach Ollie was in attendance. It is becoming clear that the top 15 player in 2016 is becoming the prime target for Kevin Ollie and his staff in his class. After watching Battle coach Miller then made the drive to Roselle Catholic High School to see 2015 power forward Chris Silva. At this point Silva doesn’t have an offer from UConn but his high school coach recently told me that the staff is really interested in him.

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Now we wait and see what surprises the UConn coaching staff has in store for us today. Today is the last day that in-home visits can occur before this recruiting period ends. Then on Friday an evaluation period begins and the coaches will once again be out watching recruits play as the EYBL will be starting and many other tournament will be held throughout the weekend.

News Links, 4/22/14

Confrences
Slive speaks on D-I divide at open forum, Daily News Journal
Slive outlines plan for subdivision, ESPN

Football
AAC Blog: Previewing 2014 UConn Huskies Football, Best College Sports

Men’s Hoops
Former UConn Basketball Star Vin Yokabaskas Dead At 84, Courant

Women’s Hoops
UConn women net 6-1 forward for 2015, Post
Huskies get commitment from Napheesa Collier, Register
Forward Napheesa Collier Gives Geno, UConn Oral Commitment, Courant

Goran Krasic Visits

Goran Krasic, a 6-3, 240 pound Guard/Defensive End out of Hackensack High School in New Jersey visited Uconn for it’s spring game on Saturday, April 12. He holds an offer from Connecticut and is also being recruitied by Rutgers and Bucknell. In his Junior season, Krasic recorded 43 total tackles (29 solo) and 3.5 sacks. His highlights display his knack for getting after the passer and causing havoc in the backfield, but he’ll need to put on more weight to play as a defensive end at the next level. Krasic is somewhat under the radar at this point, but Head Coach Bob Diaco admires his tenacity and potential to be a good piece on the Husky’s defense in coming seasons.

Weekly Recruiting Update, 4/20

Class of 2015:
Jalon Miller (SF): UConn has expressed some interest in him lately. Per Rivals.
Chase Jeter (PF): He cut his list to six schools but UConn was not among them. Per himself.
Justin Simon (PG): UConn was not initially in his top ten he released a while ago however, UConn has once again started to call again. Justin is interested to hear what the staff has to say. Per his dad.
Bennie Boatwright (SF): UConn was scheduled to have an in-home visit with him this upcoming week but it had to be rescheduled. As of now there is no date set again. Per Rivals.
Carlton Bragg (PF): UConn was looking to visit him last week but no date could be finalized. It could possibly happen next week after the first EYBL session. Per his mentor.
Jessie Govan (C): Coach Ollie and his staff conducted an in-home visit with him this past weekend. Govan told me afterwards that it went very well from his perspective. Per himself.
Unique McLean (SG): UConn has continually been calling about him but no offer has been made yet. Per his AAU coach.

Class of 2016:
Tyus Battle (SG):
Coach Ollie watched him workout the first day possible for coaches to go out and evaluate this month. Per Adam Zagoria. Battle is a huge target for the staff in 2016.
Thon Maker (C): UConn has started expressing interest in him lately. Per Corey Evans.
Malik Monk (SG): He said UConn has been in very recently to watch him play. Per Rivals.

Napheesa Collier Commits During Official Visit

Napheesa Collier, a 6-1 junior wing from St. Louis, committed to UConn on Sunday April 20 during her official visit, according to the Connecticut Post. Collier is ranked #4 by ASGR and Prospect Nation, #6 by Full Court, #7 by ESPN and #15 by Blue Star.

Collier averaged 23.7 points, 10 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 3.8 steals and 2.3 blocks this past season and led her team to a 62-1 record in high school, according to the St. Louis Post Dispatch. Most recently, her high school, Incarnate Word, won its second state title. Collier was named Missouri’s Gatorade Player of the Year and the Post Dispatches Player of the Year.

News Links, 4/21/14

Football
Chris Elsberry: Auriemma says it’s time for UConn fans to embrace football, Post

Men’s Hoops
Former UConn Basketball Star Vin Yokabaskas Of Simsbury, Courant
Stay at UConn or go pro? Ryan Boatright facing ‘a big decision’, Aurora Beacon News
Editorial: AAC rewards UConn, and its fans, with opportunity to host next year’s tourney, Daily Campus
College hoops free agency? Transfer numbers are up, AP article from Pittsburgh Courier
[Cheerleader Katie] McDonald was part of the Final Four, Somerset Spectator

Women’s Hoops
UConn women net 6-1 forward for 2015, Post
Collier ends speculation, verbally commits to UConn, St. Louis Today
Collier elevates game of all involved, readies for next step, St. Louis Today (3/28)

Recruit Erin Boley To Visit Connecticut

According to the Louisville Courier Journal, forward Erin Boley, a 6-2 rising junior from Elizabethtown Kentucky, will visit UConn April 28-30. This is her second visit. She holds a scholarship offer from UConn, among many other schools including Kentucky, Louisville, Ohio State, Stanford, and Tennessee.

Boley was recently named the Kentucky Gatorade Player of the Year, as a sophomore that is ranked #19 by HoopsGurlz and #13 by ProspectsNation (the #3 ranked forward). During the 2013-2014 season, she averaged 20.9 points, 9.5 rebounds, 2.1 steals and 1.5 assists. Her high school coach cites Boley’s versatility as one of her strengths and says she is able to play any position on the floor.

Here is a highlight clip from YouTube.

News Links, 4/16/14

Football
With Diaco, Whitmer getting a 2nd chance, Post
UConn Football: Talking Offense With ‘O’ Coordinator Mike Cummings, Courant

Men’s Hoops
NCAA approves unlimited meals and snacks for players, Courant
MIKE WALDNER: Kevin Ollie could be answer to Lakers’ problems, (LA) Daily Breeze
NCAA must adapt or move aside, Boston Globe
Committee work consuming but rewarding, CU A.D. says, Omaha.com

Women’s Hoops
All-time UConn WNBA draft selections, Post
WNBA draft: Mystics pick Dolson, trade for Hartley, Post
Tina Charles Confirms She Was Ready To Sit Out If Not Traded, Courant
Telling Thoughts From Geno Auriemma, Courant
Connecticut Sun say Tina Charles in charge of trade, Register
UConn sophomore Breanna Stewart adds Honda Award to 2014 trophy haul, Register
Charles was willing to sit out the year, Day

News Links, 4/15/14

Football

Men’s Hoops
American Athletic Conference tournament moving to Hartford next year, Register
Hartford to host 2015 AAC men’s tournament, Post
XL Center Lands AAC Men’s Basketball Tournament For 2015, Courant

Women’s Hoops
WNBA draft: Dolson to Mystics, Hartley to Storm, Post
UConn’s Dolson, Hartley picked back-to-back in WNBA Draft first round, Register
UConn’s Dolson, Hartley will be WNBA teammates, Register
Dolson, Hartley To Play Together For Mystics, Courant
Sun Draft Chiney Ogwumike, Then Trade Tina Charles To Liberty, Courant
Jeff Jacobs: Bitterness Is In The Air With Tina Charles’ Departure, Courant
WNBA Draft Facts, Figures, Courant
Pictures: UConn’s Presences In The WNBA, Past, Present, Future, Courant
Dolson and Hartley to be teammates again in Washington, Daily Campus
Maryland’s Alyssa Thomas goes No. 4 in WNBA draft; Washington Mystics take U-Conn.’s Stefanie Dolson, trade Crystal Langhorne, Washington Post
Columbia’s A’ja Wilson, nation’s No. 1 women’s basketball recruit, narrows choices to USC, UNC, UConn, Tennessee, The Post and Courier

News Links, 4/14/14

Dual Championship
Estimated 200,000 Crowd Hartford Streets For UConn Parade, Courant
Pictures: UConn Victory Parade And Rally, Courant
Video: UConn Dual Championship Parade And Rally, Courant
UConn doubles down on championship party, Post
Photos of the NCAA Championship UCONN Basketball Victory Parade, Register

Men’s Hoops
UConn men’s overview: Huskies’ hard work rewarded, Post
Big shots: Seven season-defining baskets for UConn men, Post
‘Nothing’s changed’ for Kevin Ollie, UConn — yet, Register
Jeff Jacobs: With Help Of Winning Coaches, Depressing Date Gets New Shine, Courant
Taking Stock Of NBA Future For Napier, Boatright, Daniels, Courant
Prepare to Win: Pray you’re not the prey, Victorville Daily Press

Women’s Hoops
Dolson, Hartley Expected To Go Early In WNBA Draft, Courant
Sun Pick First In WNBA Draft; Not Tipping Hand Yet, Courant
WNBA Draft, Courant
UConn’s Dolson, Hartley expected to be WNBA Draft first-round picks Monday, Register
Sun weighing options with top pick in WNBA Draft, Register
10 questions, answers on Chicago Sky’s WNBA draft, News.Gnom.es