The Huskies might be ineligible for the 2013 postseason, and coach Jim Calhoun's status may always be "day to day," but UConn continues to recruit like it's one of the best programs in the country despite recent, short-term setbacks. The latest proof: New York City point guard Terrence Samuel has committed to the Huskies, joining 6-9 Kentan Facey of Long Island in the 2013 recruiting class.
"[Samuel] is a throwback, he’s a point guard, he’s pass-first point guard who looks to make other people better,” New York recruiting expert Tom Konchalski told SNY.tv. “He plays for result rather than for effect. …
"Obviously, UConn is gearing their recruiting to the New York area. They have three in two classes from the New York area. When was the last they’ve done that?”
The third? Omar Calhoun, who remained committed to the Huskies even in the face of NCAA sanctions. He will be a freshman -- and most likely a frequent contributor -- this season.
The Hartford Courant's Dom Amore writes that the 6-2 Samuel visited UConn on August 24, and that the Huskies were also interested in point guard Wes Clark, who ended up committing to Missouri.
Amore adds that the Huskies will have more scholarships to give in 2013-14 so they're far from done. And if anything, Samuel's commitment "figures to ease any recruiting pessimism before Jim Calhoun’s future is resolved."