UConn received verbal commitments from two of the country's best high school players this week -- Crystal Dangerfield and Kyla Irwin -- and the 2016 class is already taking shape. But for Lauren Cox, another top recruit in the class, pace wins the race.
The 6-4 frontcourt player from Flower Mound, Texas will follow in the steps of '14 top recruit A'ja Wilson, who was deliberate throughout the recruiting process before deciding on South Carolina, which was near her home.
“Baylor is an hour-and-a-half away and it’s a drive,” Dennis Cox, Lauren's father, said Wednesday, according to SNY.com's Carl Adamec. “Yeah, we’ve been to football games there. We’ve visited some schools that we can drive to. Don’t read anything to it. I don’t think (distance) is a priority for her. Lauren keeps pretty much to herself so I don’t know if she’s going to go near or far, east or west, north or south, or hot or cold.”
Lauren isn't just a basketball standout. She also stars on the volleyball court, and she's being recruited in that sport too. But again, Lauren is taking her time on that front too.
“We talked late in the summer about trying to get some kind of list out of her,” Dennis Cox said. “We started out at 29 schools and 19 came to see her at her high school. We knew everyone could not make it and that was fine. We did no home visits.”
Cox, who averaged 18.9 points, 14.1 rebounds, and 4.8 blocked shots as a sophomore, has UConn among her top 20 schools, along with Notre Dame. She'll be in South Bend on Dec. 6 when the Huskies and Irish meet in the Jimmy V Classic, though there are no plans yet to visit Storrs.
“I have a calendar and I have UConn’s schedule,” Dennis Cox said. “We’re looking. But Lauren has games on Tuesdays and Fridays so we have to find an open date that they’re at home.”