2019 Recruits

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    Hopefully we get both!
     
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    Hurley and Kimani look good wearing UConn’s name on their shirts. I just wish the “UConn” name was a bit bigger on their shirts than the Nike swoosh. It’s such nonsense that the school’s name can’t be bigger than the Nike logo.
     
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    Lester Quinones (Rivals profile) ....SG...6-5/200.....Newark, NJ. (St. Benedict's Prep)

    247 update- Quinones talks top options
    .......Another school that has clearly made Quinones a priority is Connecticut. New Coach Danny Hurley wants to bring the Huskies back by recruiting at a high level in the Northeast, and Quinones is a key priority for them. “Coach (Kimani) Young was recruiting me at Minnesota, and he has just continued that since he got to Connecticut,” said Quinones of the Huskies. “Also Coach Hurley used to coach at St. Benedict’s, so I have familiarity with them.”


     
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    Jalen Gaffney......PG....6-2/175..... Columbus, NJ (Westtown, PA)


     
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    The July Live Period may be over, but that doesn't mean Dan Hurley has taken his foot off the gas. Late last night, news broke that UConn has made an offer to Kadin Shedrick, a 6'10" power forward from Holly Springs, NC.

    The tweet refers to him as a guard, but that's because he probably was a guard until recently. Shedrick has reportedly grown eight inches in the last two years and is just beginning to grow into his body (Brian Snow, 247 Sports).

    After performing well in front of the college coaches, there's been explosion of offers of late. He's described by Rival's Eric Bossi as "a thin big man who runs the floor with long strides (who) finishes well with either hand and has good skill."

    A little out of the market for UConn, but perhaps other big-name recruits can help bring him to Connecticut.
     
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    According to a tweet from his personal twitter account last night, Jalen Gaffney plans on cutting his list down to six programs today. I'd be very surprised if UConn wasn't on that list.
     
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    That site seems like it's all screwed up, according to them they have his profile listed at #201, but in their latest updated rankings (8-5-18) he is now a 4 star & just jumped close to 70 spots. ( link: #135). Also read he was 6-0/150lbs, but he's grown to 6-2 or 6-3/185lbs, depending on who reports it.

    "He is known as a player with talent and skill whose body will catch up to his game in college; he was once listed as 6’0”, 150 pounds."

    AAU stats: Jalen Gaffney - Under Armour A

    Zags report:
    Stock rising on Class of 2019 point guard Jalen Gaffney
     
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    Sounds like a classic late bloomer. It’s surprising that in the digital age a lot of websites are so slow to update their talent evaluations.
     
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    Isaiah Wong has cut his list down to five schools and UConn is on the list. Unsurprising given the momentum of his recruitment, but still good to make it official. UConn joins Clemson, Pittsburgh, Miami and Villanova (via Pat Lawless, Prep Circuit).

    He had this to say about the Huskies: "UConn is a great place with great history and reputation. Coach Hurley is the son of one of the greats so they will expect a lot. They tell me they really want me to be a part of building their program and have a lot of good things to say about what they think I can do there."

    According to Wong, it'll come down to a number of factors. The relationship with coaches and an environment that'll get him to the next level appear to be priorities for the 6'2" guard out of Pennsylvania.
     
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    Qudus Wahab has cut his list down to 12 schools and UConn is still in the running for the big four-star center. Listed as 6'10" or 6'11" depending on where you look, Wahab appears to be a real powerhouse in the paint. Looks to have good defensive instincts and a great nose for rebounds.

    UConn joins Ohio State, Temple, Miami, URI, VCU, Syracuse, Georgetown, Louisville, Pitt, LSU and Virginia Tech.
     
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    The clock is ticking and recruits continue to narrow down their lists of schools. For four-star 6'4" shooting guard James Bouknight, the list is down to five, as UConn joins Virginia Tech, Miami, VCU and Indiana.

    Coming off a meniscus tear in January, Bouknight was back to his regular self by the end of July, dropping 33 points in a showcase game for the PSA Cardinals on ESPN U.
     
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    Could UConn be one step closer to landing a top five-star recruit? Kofi Cockburn is a 6'10" powerhouse center out of the famed Oak Hill Academy. In an article written by Jacob Polacheck for zagsblog.com, Cockburn had this to say about the Huskies.

    "Kentucky and UConn are both blue blood schools that get the job done. They're known for winning championships and as places to get better."

    This quote followed the announcement that Kofi was planning visits to Kentucky, UConn, Florida State and Illinois. He has officially cut his list down to 12 schools, but it appears as if UConn could be in the top tier with a legitimate shot at landing this Class of 2019 star recruit.

    As far as what he's looking for in a program: "I want to go to a school where I'm able to go in, get better, and show my talent as a player and a person."

    Another cut is expected before he commits.

     
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    Karim Coulibaly (profile)....6-9/230lbs....Mali, Mali ( Scotland, PA -HS)

     
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    Uconn in the mix with:
    Al-Amir Dawes.......G.... 6-2/ 170.....Elizabeth, NJ

    from ZAGS- 2019 guard Al-Amir Dawes sets two official visits
    "Dawes, who has already taken an unofficial visit to Providence and had a home visit with coach Ed Cooley, will begin his official there on Thursday (Sept. 20). He will then visit Clemson Sept. 27-29. A visit to UConn could follow, he told Lawless."

     
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    Also from awhile back 4 star Canadian:

    Tyrese Samuel (profile)...F....6-8/220..... Orangevile, ON
     
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    It used to be that you batted a jaundiced eye to highly rated Canadian players. I remember all the hype when Denham Brown dropped 111 points in a high school game. Denham was a nice college player but never made it in the NBA.

    However times have changed. Canadian basketball took off largely due to Steve Nash who is now actively involved with their national development program. In recent years Canadians Anthony Bennett and Andrew Wiggins were #1 overall NBA draft picks.

    I can remember Gerry Besselink and Denham
    Brown as Canadian Huskies. Any others I am forgetting???? Apart from Kia Nurse- probably the best Canadian Husky of them all now balling in the WNBA.
     
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    I think Samuel played prep ball in the states (UT), but I guess he's paying homage to Denham ;) ..with the number he's wearing on the 2nd dunk in these highlights:
     
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    If Denham is somehow involved in coaching or mentoring this kid, for him to be wearing 111 as homage, it can only be a good sign.
     
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    247's always powerful Crystal Ball has it 50/50 between UConn and Syracuse on Cockburn:

    https://247sports.com/Player/Kofi-Cockburn-94270/

    Is Boeheim still coaching for a while or is he out after this season? Because if I was a recruit I would want to play for someone who is battle tested not a successor who is unseen and untested in action.
     
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    Speaking of 247.....look who just jumped up in their team rankings:
    National Rank - 23
    AAC Rank - 1
     
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    I mentioned Akok (4 star- #35) above and the StorrsCentral article- Akok .......but from TCF and a link to today's Courant article:
     
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    Akok and Cockburn have very similar ratings, in fact Akok is #30 and Cockburn #31 nationally per 247, so little separates them:

    https://247sports.com/Player/Akok-Akok-46035535/

    Interestingly Akok is, per the 247 Crystal Ball, a Syracuse lean, and one would think if Syracuse gets him, UConn could get Cockburn if that Crystal Ball is working well here, or perhaps vice versa. Although Cockburn is a 5 and Akok a 4 so there could be room for both?
     
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    True, that's the wishlist right now along with Precious Achiuwa or at least 2 of them for last 3 spots in the dream scenario.
     

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