UConn Only Getting Harder to Beat


With the incoming freshman class, and a 2015 group that now numbers four players, including the best high school player in the country, it's reasonable to assume that the Huskies, fresh off back-to-back national championships, will remain one of the most competitive programs in the country.

In fact, for Bob McCormick, the managing partner and publisher of the recruiting web site All-Star Girls Report, it's not even close.

“I don’t see them losing for a very long time,” he told the Hartford Courant's John Altavilla recently. “I am serious. I mean, something could happen. Someone could slip up along the way. But they are not losing for a long time. It’s like looking at Tiger Woods. I mean Phil Mickelson is a great golfer, but Tiger Woods is Tiger Woods.”

Katie Lou Samuelson, who gave an oral commitment to the Huskies earlier this week, is ranked No. 1 in the Class of 2015, according to McCormick. And Napheesa Collier and De’Janae Boykin, who have all committed to UConn, are in the top five. Then you had 6-5 Georgetown transfer Natalie Butler, the 2013-14 freshman of the year, and suddenly the '15 class goes from spectacular to otherworldly.

"Natalie Butler is a very mature player. She was a good player coming out of high school," McCormick said. "I just don’t she was as confident about herself. She will be a great player for them.

“I think they are all set. I think all they really to need right now is to find out if they can also get Asia Durr [the highly touted 5-10 guard from Atlanta]. If they get her, too, man, I don’t know what else you can say about it? There is no else UConn really needs to take.”

Durr is the co-No. 1 player in the class, alongside Samuelson.

Altavilla writes that despite the sudden glut of talent headed to Storrs in a year's time, Durr remains on the Huskies' radar. And McCormick agrees.

“I still think UConn will concentrate of trying to get Asia Durr,” he said. “If they can get her, they will take her. If they don’t get her, they don’t need anyone else. She along the lines of Maya Moore; she competes hard, loves the game, plays many positions. That’s what Geno loves, players who compete.”

In the meantime, the Huskies' 2014 class is quite formidable. It includes Gabby Williams (5-11, Nevada), Sadie Edwards (5-9, New Jersey), Courtney Ekmark (6-0, Arizona) and Kia Nurse (5-11, Canada).

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