Days after Crystal Dangerfield made a verbal commitment, Geno Auriemma and the Huskies got a second verbal commitment from Kyla Irwin. The 6-2 junior forward from State College, Penn., made the announcement after touring the campus over the weekend and meeting with academic advisers and Auriemma on Monday.
“It’s been my dream my whole life to play at UConn, and who can pass up her dream?” Irwin said Tuesday, via SNY.com's Carl Adamec. “Everything about them is everything I want. ... I don’t even remember how I was feeling (when I committed). I tried to stay under control and not start bouncing off the walls. I was so excited and couldn’t wait to say I was coming.”
Irwin, who averaged 19.6 points and 12.7 rebounds last season as a high school sophomore, is coached by her mom, Bethany Irwin.
“At the high school level, Kyla can do everything for us,” she told Adamec. “She can pass, rebound, and shoot. But one of her biggest strengths is her passion for the game. I’ve been coaching at State College for 22 years so she was born into the program and been a part of it and been on every bus ride. Basketball has been her life and she really understands the game and she’s a great communicator. I trust her instincts. She’s willing to work hard to improve and that has built her confidence.”