Even though their time in Storrs won't overlap, it seems that you can't mention Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis without invoking the name of Maya Moore, too. The "best player in the country" label certainly has something to do with it; Moore earned the distinction during her senior year at UConn, Mosqueda-Lewis was the top recruit in the 2011 class.
We joked last month that, to paraphrase Rick Pitino when he coached the Celtics in the mid-'90s, "Maya Moore isn't walking through that door." And for the UConn women's basketball team, that's okay. Unlike Pitino's Celtics, the Huskies have a plan.
Much of that plan revolves around out-recruiting every other college program, which Geno Auriemma and his staff have come close to doing. ESPN ranked the 2011 class second overall, and there's a case that the 2012 class might be better.
Mosqueda-Lewis won multiple national player of the year awards as a high school senior, and the Huskies have verbal commitments from Breanna Stewart and Moriah Jefferson, the Nos. 1 and 2 prospects in next year's class. (Mosqueda-Lewis and 2012 recruit Moriah Jefferson also made the USA U-19 team along with current Huskies Stefanie Dolson and Bria Hartley.)
Now, according to the Hartford Courant's John Altavilla, there's another reason we'll have Maya Moore on our minds as we watch Mosqueda-Lewis play: she will wear No. 23 at UConn.
As for the rest of the incoming class, Kia Stokes was assigned No. 41, and Brianna Banks gets No. 13.