Courtney Ekmark, a 6-foot junior guard from Phoenix who orally committed to UConn last year, has been trying all season to get the opportunity to watch her future team play in person. This weekend at the Final Four in New Orleans she will finally get the chance.
How many games she sees is entirely up to UConn.
“It is a dream come true,’’ Ekmark said of seeing the Huskies at the Final Four. “It’s definitely motivational for me to keep working hard so that when I come here I can do well. I’m definitely looking forward to playing for championships at UConn.’’
Ekmark was named the Gatorade Arizona Player of the Year, averaging 19.6 points, five rebounds and four steals in leading St. Mary’s High to a 29-1 record and its third straight Division I state championship this season. She is a combined 87-3 during her high school career.
Her father, Curtis, said that he could not be happier that she will be playing for the Huskies.
“I’m just really thrilled for Courtney because I know how passionate she is about it,’’ Curtis Ekmark said. “I know how hard she works. And I just think it’s a really good fit for her in terms of the culture, in terms of the emphasis on team play and the emphasis on winning. I just think she’s going to the best program in the world. So I’m really happy about it.
“I think every high school kid has a huge adjustment to make. I hope that she’s more ready than most just because of the type of high school program she’s come from. She’s played against Division I kids every day for three years now, and the one thing that I think we share with UConn on a lower level, obviously, is that we win. So I think she has that same type of attitude and I think that’ll serve her well.’’