Geno Auriemma's may have missed out on the biggest recruit in the 2013 class when Diamond DeShields committed to North Carolina, but these are the Huskies, seven-time national champions. So after Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis won various honors for her performance as a freshman in 2011-12, and with one of the freshmen classes set to join the team in a few months, the Huskies continued to add some of the nation's best players this week when Courtney Ekmark became the first member of UConn's 2014 recruiting class.
"Every year you recruit, there are people you get, others you don't," Auriemma said recently via the Hartford Courant. "But there are people we are going to get, this week, next week, the week after that, hardly anyone knows about. Commitments are going to happen soon."
Ekmark chose the Huskies over Arizona State, Duke, Stanford, North Carolina, Vanderbilt, Yale and Princeton. The 6-0 shooting guard is from Phoenix, Arizona, but it was her visit last February to Storrs that sold her on the program.
"I really like their coaches," she said. "They also have really great players there. They have amazing fans," she told the Arizona Republic. Ekmark also said that during her visit that she got to meet the players and that "They were very nice and welcoming."
Her father, Curtis Ekmark, added: "She really liked ASU and Charlie (Turner Thorne) and wanted to stay home, but to have an opportunity to play for UConn, that's a one-in-a-lifetime thing."