Star freshman Breanna Stewart averaged 20.8 points, 6.2 rebounds and 2.0 blocks during the NCAA tournament and was named the Final Four Most Outstanding Player as the Huskies won their record-tying eighth national championship. Less than a week later, she was playing the role of recruiter.
Stewart sent out this tweet April 15: “ATTENTION UCONN UNDERGRADS! @UConnWBB is looking for serious female walk-on candidates!! If interested DM @emily_mattson for info.’’
UConn is seeking a few additions in an effort to fill out the 2013-14 roster a bit. The Huskies will have just nine scholarship players.
“I said, `There’s got to be some kids that were really good high school basketball players probably going to school here. So what do you think,’’’ UConn coach Geno Auriemma said. “And they were like, `Yeah, we know a couple.’ (Stewart) said `I’ll see what I can do. I’ll find out.’ That’s kind of how we find kids anyway. That’s how we find practice players. You just put the word out and then we go over to Guyer Gym and watch kids play.’’
Auriemma does not have a set number of walk-ons in mind that he would like to add. And he is not at all concerned about a lack of numbers heading into next season.
“I don’t know (how many),’’ Auriemma said. “Realistically, how many more than nine are going to play? Would you rather have nine, or …? The only difference is you can’t keep from blowing people out. So it’s going to suck when people say, `Put your subs in.’ Well, our subs are in. They’re pretty good.’’