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.
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.
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.
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.
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, 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.
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.