2019 Recruits

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  1. the Blades

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    Kofi Cockburn (profile) ....6-11/280lb....4 star...Center....Middle Village, NY (Oak Hill, VA )
    Committed to Illinois
     
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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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    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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    Isaiah Wong COMMITED to MIAMI Sept 25th
     
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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.....announced his college decision on October 11th - Clemson
     
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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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    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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    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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    247's composite as I posted above has him as a 3 star, but 247's own rankings have him as a low end 4 star at 106.......so what that tells me is a lot of other sites have him as a 2 or 3. Even ESPN has him as a lower end 4 star as compared to the higher end Cockburn.
     
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    I hear ya...but do you really think stars matter ? Tell that to Jonathan Mandeldove .......24/7 had him a 4 star. But regarding this kid I'd say 5 decent hoops schools... over the years.... are interested. Is he Hurley's plan B ????.... I have no Idea and neither do you..
     
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    Tre Mitchell ......6-9/235 lb....4 star... Center... Elizabeth, PA ( Woodstock Academy., CT)

    " visited Notre Dame Sept. 28-30......Mitchell has no other visits slated after UConn, though Illinois and Wake Forest are pushing hard to get him on campus. Other programs like UCLA, Creighton, Wichita State and Auburn have recently entered the picture "

     
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    " According to his coach, Mitchell dropped from 270 pounds to 235, and lowered his body fat from 33 percent to 15 in little over a year’s time at Woodstock."

    “Academically, he’s got like a 3.98 GPA and outstanding SAT scores,” Woodstock coach Tony Bergeron told The Courant this week. “He’s very much an Ivy League-level recruit academically. He’s a phenomenal passer, great footwork, maybe the best hands I’ve seen from someone who is not a point guard, and he’s an excellent shooter, shoots the 3 very well. … He does a lot of things.”

     
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    New Story from the Courant. The 6-11 Wahab sounds like a Brimah clone. “His strengths right now are his ability to run the floor,” Reed said, “and we call it ‘rim running,’ his ability to protect the rim on the defensive end and his footwork on the offensive end with the ball".... Also "Jalen Adams, Tarin Smith and Eric Cobb" will join Hurley at the American Athletic Conference media day on Monday in Philadelphia.

     
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    His body looks better than Brimah. Brimah was always a no show against any team with physical bodies that could push him around. I remember his sophomore year he dropped 40 points on alley oop dunks against Coppin State. Next game was against Duke and he had 10 minutes and no points due to immediate foul trouble. I was so disappointed with him being a non factor in that game.
     
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    Alot of talk on TOS but ( pronounced uh-Cook, uh-Cook):

    another look and interview after PSA's national prep championship in the spring:


    and more recent from this summer:
     
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    Akok Akok was very diplomatic in his statements. I sometimes wonder who is coaching these recruits on their statements to the media. I assume their coaches.
     
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    Another Uconn mention but he says no offer yet:
     
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    The recruitment of good big men has been a problem for a while now. We have in the last 6 years gone through Enosch Wolf, Amida Brimah, Phil Nolan, Steven Enoch and Juwan Durham, who transferred because they did not like being "glorified mannequins" in KO's offense. Josh Carlton looks like he could be a decent player although he has yet to do anything against stepped up competition, much like Brimah, who was largely ineffective against big, physical teams.

    We obviously have to give Hurley a chance but he is fighting a recent poor history of developing bigs. One could argue that the last 2 good big men were Alex Oriakhi and Andre Drummond, and the last effectively developed, 4 year big man was Josh Boone or Hilton Armstrong. It's been way too long. And Boone and Armstrong were not even top recuits.
     
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    Boone certainly was. Ranked #54 by Rivals. Unless you're talking about top 25 kind of guys.

     

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