For the first time in a while,
UConn has four guys out on the road recruiting – Ollie, Glen Miller, Karl Hobbs and Ricky
Moore. Teams are only allowed three people out recruiting per day, but staffs can
rotate so that one guy is on the road but not recruiting on a given day while the
other three are at events.
The July recruiting period has been a bit different
this year, with five days on then two off over a three-week span. Coaches could
recruit from July 10-14, July 17-21 and, now, July 24-28. UConn has been well-represented
at events like the NIKE Global Challenge in Washington, D.C., and the Peach Jam
down in South Carolina.
The Huskies have famously been in on seemingly dozens and
dozens of Class of 2014 recruits, but obviously have more interest in some
than others. With so many questions and possibilities of graduations and
defections to the NBA after this season, UConn isn’t so much focusing on
specific positions but, rather, high-level, high-character kids.
And with a bountiful Class of 2015 harvest (particularly
at point guard) looming in the not-too-distant future, the Huskies aren’t
overly concerned with filling all 13 scholarships for the 2014-15 season. They’re
more concerned about bringing in quality players who fill needs – preferably versatile
players like Daniel Hamilton, an NBA-talent who can play all three guard
positions, and Rodney Purvis, who can also play the 1, 2 or even 3. Hamilton
has already committed to the Huskies, and Purvis has transferred from NC State
but won’t be eligible to play until ’14-15.
Here’s an incomplete list of 10 recruits, in no particular order, whom
UConn has prioritized:
Pascal Chukwu, 7-foot-2 center, Fairfield Prep -- Very high on the Huskies' wish list. The Nigerian native and his host family have been extremely close to the vest about his recruitment. However, he recently noted that UConn, Providence and St. John's are three of the schools that have shown the most interest in him. Chukwu has made several unofficials to UConn. The thought is he'll stay close to home.
Abdul Malik-Abu, 6-7 power forward, Kimball Union --- One of the Class of 2014's top big men; a strong, 235-pound specimen who's a very impressive rebounder.
Goodluck Okonoboh, 6-9 forward, Wilbraham & Monson --- Scout.com rates him as the best shot-blocker in his class.
Josh Perkins, 6-3 point guard, Huntington Prep
--- UConn's most coveted Class of 2014 point guard has said he'll announce his decision on Aug. 25 -- but not before a visit to Storrs
Kameron Chatman, 6-7 small forward, Long Beach, CA --- An AAU teammate of Daniel Hamilton.
Terry Larrier, 6-7 small forward, Malvern, PA --- In the process of moving out to the wing full-time.
Bonzie Colson, Jr., 6-5 power forward, St. Andrew's
-- UConn is definitely intrigued by son of former URI player, who made an unofficial to Storrs last month
, but there's concern about his height (which is closer to 6-4). He has not been offered a scholarship yet.
Other recent recruits like Jared Terrell and Ahmed Hill aren't happening.
*** In other news: A night after Kemba Walker and A.J. Price teamed up on Kemba's All-Stars (along with UConn incoming frosh Amida Brimah) for an exciting night of GHPA action on Saturday, Price was at it again for the All-Stars on Sunday. Price had 33 points and nine rebounds, but it wasn't enough to prevent a 95-86 loss to PPF Graphics. Recent UConn alum R.J. Evans added 22 points and seven boards in the losing cause.
On Monday, Harte Nissan takes on Fairview Capital at 6:30 p.m., followed by Hot 937 All-Stars facing PPF Graphics at 8:15 p.m.
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