According to a recruiting source, Xylina McDaniel, a 6-foot-1 junior forward from Blythewood, S.C., is a target on UConn’s radar. She is the daughter of former long-time NBA player Xavier McDaniel, and a player UConn coach Geno Auriemma is said to be very high on.
Auriemma recently saw McDaniel and Spring Valley High compete and she did not disappoint. McDaniel finished with 30 points, 16 rebounds, 3 steals and 3 blocks.
McDaniel is ranked No. 20 in the Class of 2012 by ESPN HoopGurlz. She participated in the USA Basketball U-17 World Championship Team/USA Youth Olympic Games Team Trials last June in Colorado Springs, Colo.
McDaniel averaged 18.4 points, 9.0 rebounds, 4.0 blocks and 3.0 assists least season to help Spring Valley capture the South Carolina Class 4A state championship. She was named the Class 4A Player of the Year by the South Carolina Basketball Coaches Association.
The Huskies are also involved with Breanna Stewart, a 6-4 post player from North Syracuse, N.Y. who is regarded as the top player in the Class of 2012, Moriah Jefferson, a 5-6 point guard from Glenn Heights, Texas who is ranked No. 2, Jewell Lloyd, a 5-9 guard from Lincolnwood, Ill., and Bria Holmes, a 6-1forward from Hamden.
UConn has already received an oral commitment from Morgan Tuck, a 6-2 forward from Bolingbrook, Ill.
Gretel Tippett, a 6-4 wing who would be in the Class of 2011, is expected to sign a professional contract in Australia, which means she will be ineligible to play at the collegiate level in the U.S. The Huskies did have some interest there.