As UConn coach Geno Auriemma looks to make UConn "bad for basketball again,” as he half-jokingly, half-not said regarding his recruiting approach for his 2020 and 2021 … And I remember saying to CD and those guys, I said ‘CD, we gotta get this kid.’”.ESPN described her as an “ultra-athletic perimeter prospect with off-the-charts potential” while her former coach compared her to Kawhi Leonard. When you get an assist, two people are happy: The person that passed it and the person that scored.’ I’ve never heard a kid describe it that way,” Auriemma relayed on.With Westbrook, Williams, Makurat and Bueckers likely ahead of her on the depth chart, there aren’t a whole lot of minutes to go around in the backcourt. Though she’s been in Storrs for nearly a year now, the Tennessee transfer has spent most of that time recovering from a pair of left knee surgeries. Thirty-two games into her collegiate career, that sentiment still holds true. It’s easy to see her fill a similar role to Griffin this past season as a rebounder and defensive presence.Another ultra-athletic wing, McLean’s scouting report on ESPN read almost identical to former UConn star Gabby Williams’.Left: Gabby Williams' recruiting profile scouting report.Like Edwards, McLean will have to earn minutes on the glass and on defense.
She will join guard Saylor Poffenbarger, who,UConn women’s basketball’s scholarship grid, now including Amari DeBerry.In addition to being ranked a top-five recruit, DeBerry is also the top-ranked forward in the 2021 class. And after he watched her play for the first time, the coach was just as relentless recruiting her.“I’ve never seen a kid just attack the game the way this kid attacks the game,” he said on The Geno Auriemma Show. While freshmen Paige Bueckers and Nika Muhl will likely push for playing time, handing the reigns of the offense to a veteran like Westbrook with plenty of collegiate experience makes the most sense, especially early in the season.Before the season, Auriemma said neither he nor Griffin knew how good the Ossining, New York star could be. 5 recruit in the 2021 class in the,Super excited to announce my commitment to coach Auriemma and staff at the university of Connecticut,DeBerry is the Huskies second commit in the 2021 class. But if the coaching staff can get Griffin, Edwards and McLean to a level where they can all contribute, the combination of their athleticism on the floor together will terrorize opponents and help mitigate UConn’s lack of size.The biggest mystery of the freshman class, Gabriel is a physical specimen with size (6-foot-5, athleticism and a high motor but is still raw skill-wise. Though No. She spent most of last summer playing 3x3 basketball with Team USA and didn’t get a whole lot of time away from the game. 1 prospect Paige Bueckers headlines the group, the other four players are still well-regarded prospects with high ceilings.However, as talented as the freshmen are, they won’t be the ones driving the bus for UConn next year. The 6-foot-5 forward is the ranked as the No. 5 recruit in the 2021 class in the ESPN recruiting rankings. She probably won’t be the best player in the country right off the bat and will endure her share of freshman struggles. Considering she’s a year older than most other freshmen, already has professional experience in Poland and proved her abilities at the collegiate level, Makurat is primed to become one of the nation’s top offensive players next year.It’s not an exaggeration to say Bueckers might be the most hyped women’s basketball prospect ever.
The Huskies will lose every big behind Nelson-Ododa (Kyla Irwin, Evelyn Adebayo and Batouly Camara) to graduation and as things stand now, freshman Piath Gabriel will be the only other legitimate post player on the roster.However, unlike last year, Nelson-Ododa might actually be ready to handle the pressure as a junior.
To learn more or opt-out, read our.Huskies add the No. DeBerry was also named to the USA U16 national team this summer.For the Huskies, DeBerry marks another great pickup on the recruiting trail and adds another great prospect for 2021, in addition to 2020’s strong five player class.UConn women’s basketball: Huskies land 2021 forward Amari DeBerry,Report: UConn football to resume season in the spring.The Huskies will potentially have a 2020 "regular season" game in the spring of 2021.Chasing Perfection: Basketball is officially back on!The NCAA announced the start date for the college basketball season on Wednesday.Tyrese Martin awarded waiver, will play in 2020-21.The 6-foot-6 junior guard received a waiver from the NCAA after transferring from URI in April, allowing him to suit up for the Huskies this season.UConn legend Cliff Robinson dead at age 53,Mailbag: Azzi Fudd, life after Geno, status of the season and more,Geno’s returning players more prepared to carry the load this season,Introducing Chasing Perfection: A new UConn women’s basketball podcast,UConn field hockey coach Nancy Stevens retires,Mike Cavanaugh breaks down UConn men’s hockey’s incoming freshman class.