UConn Signees/Commits: Collier, Coombs, AEH, Gordon, Walker

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  1. JS

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    This thread is for discussion of the Class of '17 and beyond as they complete their high school careers.
     
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  2. JavaMan

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    August 17, 2016: Update On Lexi Gordon

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    Gordon, who lists Breanna Stewart as her favorite player and Maya Moore as her favorite Olympian, has been following them -- and her future coach, Geno Auriemma -- during the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. One of her future teammates,

    Next month, Gordon -- along with fellow Class of 2017 commits Andra Espinoza-Hunter and Mikayla Coombs -- will make their official recruiting visits to UConn. They will be joined in Storrs by Megan Walker, the top-ranked player in the class who is choosing between UConn, Notre Dame, and Texas. Gordon made an unofficial visit to UConn in January, a month before committing.

    "I'm excited to go visit and see the coaches and my future teammates again," Gordon said.

    [LINK] to Carl A's full article.
     
  3. MilfordHusky

    MilfordHusky Voice of Reason

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    Not to question Lexi's logic, but Stewie is her favorite player and Maya is her favorite Olympian? I thought I saw Stewie in Rio too. ;)

    Seriously, Lexi sounds like a great kid. She's a bit like Kaleena in that she is gregarious and other people like playing with her. I hope she can persuade Megatron. And Christyn Williams!

    I'm also curious about her younger sister. Will Myra be a UConn target in time?
     
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  4. blakeon18

    blakeon18 Dormie

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    UConn commit Espinoza-Hunter feeling at home as official visit arrives

    The link is to Carl's latest blog on Andra Espinoza-Hunter and her visit to Storrs. Lots of info!
    She is back at Ossining High....if she makes it to Hudson Valley CC near Albany for the state semis I would hope to see her play.

    Gorgeous weather for the verbals this weekend...and for a hoped-for verbal.
     
  5. bags27

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    Reading the article (thanks!) and thinking about the 3 who've committed and the one (MW) who's still looking and whose decision seems to some folks to be so important, I can't help but be impressed by how these "kids" are so enthused about going to college, and also suspecting that the intense rivalries that fans perceive are less important to the players than is the plain desire to play ball. Sort of like when Jimmy Fallon in Fever Pitch is sitting in a bar devastated by a Red Sox loss, but then spots a couple of actual players (notably Jason Varitek) sitting there drinking and laughing. The game is so different for those within and without....
     
  6. UcMiami

    UcMiami How it is

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    Pretty impressive logistics to get all four recruits onto campus for their officials this weekend. Hope they have fun!
     
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  7. DaddyChoc

    DaddyChoc His Chockishness

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    nice detailed article, thanks for posting
     
  8. meyers7

    meyers7 Smarty Pants

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    Glad the other 3 are going to be there this weekend with Walker. Certainly can't hurt.
     
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  9. Kibitzer

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    What an amazing coincidence! Megan Walker will visit UConn simultaneously with commits Andi, Lexi and Mikayla!

    We now know that Kia will be Andi's host. Could it be possible that each of the others (especially Megan) will be similarly hosted -- by a possible future teammate?

    Of course it will be miraculous if Megan accidentally spends any time at all with Andi. Lexi, and Mikayla.

    Yeah. Sure. ;)
     
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  10. bags27

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    Thinking that the gathering of committed or potential recruits during the same weekend is SOP at many places. Is that generally the case?
     
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    meyers7 Smarty Pants

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    I would assume they try to. Probably doesn't always work out that way though.
     
  12. Charliebball

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    Having met AEH several times and judging from what I have read about the other two recruits, I don't think you could ask for a better welcoming committee for MW.....
     
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  13. UcMiami

    UcMiami How it is

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    Hard to coordinate with HS schedules and parents working commitments on top of the coaches schedules - having multiple recruits on campus is not that unusual but it is usually a mixture of years and not all of a single year on an official visit.
     
  14. Kibitzer

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    It's not too hard to speculate how Geno and his colleagues out this package together. Andi is right up the road and needs no GPS to find Storrs. Lexi and her entire family loved visiting on their dime, so why not take a freebie. Coombs was the most recent commit and probably went on "stand by" status when sh announced her UConn decision.

    All three were surely eager to help reel Megan in as a teammate who may help them cut down nets. Now we hope that a little informal hoops together Friday afternoon in the Werth Champions Center will tighten their bonds.
     
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    Can't speak for SOP, but I do know when Megan Walker comes out to Notre Dame Sept. 23-25, Evina Westbrook is scheduled to be there as well.
     
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    Quick question. I know that the official visit(s) doesn't begin until Friday morning. However, is there an NCAA rule which would prohibit a recruit from walking around campus "on their own" this evening (no coach or faculty contact, etc.) if they were so inclined?

    Just curious.
     
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  17. MilfordHusky

    MilfordHusky Voice of Reason

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    I'm thinking that Lou, Gabby, or Pheesa will host Megan. Lou was the #1 recruit 2 years before Megatron, so she knows what she is dealing with.

    I think that Lexi is a key, just as Kaleena was. Other kids want to play with her. I think she may have helped us get Mikayla, is helping with Christyn, and may convince Megan.
     
  18. Tonyc

    Tonyc Optimus Prime

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    I took this from the article that Blake posted and I like it alot. Very Positive


    Then, last April, she spent a day on campus and attended the final team dinner for the 2016 national champions.

    "She's looking forward to it," Walker's father, Keith, said of the official visit. "I'm sure it will be a great trip."

    One other point I read in the Walker thread is that she retweeted what John Altavilla wrote about her coming to UConn this weekend. Sounds like shes proud and excited. Its on page 9 under DaddyChoc Very Positive to me. Kinda like our chances based on reading these.
     
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  19. UcMiami

    UcMiami How it is

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    She seems to have self publicized her trip to TX as well, so I am not sure I read much into it.
     
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  20. CocoHusky

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    Yes there is. If you wrote this on Thursday night then Megan would have to depart by Saturday night per this rule which I don't think is the plan.

    " The official visit shall not exceed 48 hours, measured from the time the prospect
    first reaches campus
    or is entertained in any manner by the institution whichever comes first, to the time of the prospect’s departure from campus. [B 13.7.2.1]
     
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    Anything in the rule book about how many hookers are allowed for entertaining recruits?
     
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  22. Carnac

    Carnac The UN-official BY seer.

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    Never dismiss or underestimate the power of camaraderie or friendships. A player (male or female) like to play with friends/people they already know, or have enjoyed playing with before.
    These next two days are critical for UConn in it's pursuit of Walker. Of course they'll put on the Ritz. All schools do when a highly coveted recruit/visitor arrives on campus for a visit. The presence of the other 3 commits, and the opportunity to spend 2 days with them and the rest of the team will produce an indelible impression on Walker. The other 3 recruits are of one mind this weekend, convince Walker to come play with us. This weekend will be UConn's last best chance to snare Walker, they'll leave nothing to chance.

    This is not UConn's first rodeo. They have a PhD in hosting potential recruits. The staff really doesn't have to sell UConn to visitors. UConn with it's incomparable legacy and RECENT history of success, sells itself.
    The choice is really quite simple. If you want to be pushed and coached to become the best possible player/person you can become, you come to UConn. One only has to to look at UConn's (women's basketball) alumni for reference. All of them are walking talking advocates and examples of the type of people Geno and CD turn out. The fact that you may win a championship or two is the cherry on top of the sundae.

    As we all know, there IS life after basketball. Geno and CD do an excellent job in preparing their girls for when that time comes. :)
     
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  23. Carnac

    Carnac The UN-official BY seer.

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    She's already on record as having said that she won't make a decision until she visits Texas, UConn & Notre Dame. So I guess we'll just have to hold our collective breaths until after her visit to South Bend. :rolleyes:
     
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  24. Charliebball

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    I believe 5 hookers is the maximum allowed under NCAA rules.....was 7 but many athletic departments complained about logistical problems..:rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes:
     
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  25. BobbyJ

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    Sounds like it might be unlimited for Louisville Mens BB.
     
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  26. Intpseeker

    Intpseeker At least I'm enjoying the ride

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    I understand Louisville has sent out at least a dozen offer letters.
     
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    Well at L'ville it's certainly not limited to the recruits themselves - Pitino's boy (without Rick's knowledge, of course :cool: ) provided hookers to their fathers as well.
     
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    Gus Mahler Popular Composer

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    Yes, I'm sure coordination is a real trick.
     
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    No visits on Halloween? "Trick or treat" wouldn't be a choice.
     
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  30. Carnac

    Carnac The UN-official BY seer.

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    Gus, Stop it!! :p
     
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