With Saniya Chong, a 5-foot-9 guard from Ossining, N.Y., being the lone signee from the Class of 2013, the Huskies are aiming to land a sizeable class from the 2014 group. They have already received oral commitments from Sadie Edwards, a 5-10 guard from Meriden, Courtney Ekmark, a 6-foot guard from Phoenix, and Gabby Williams, a 5-11 guard from Sparks, Nev. And they are hoping to add at least two more players.
UConn continues to be involved with A’ja Wilson, a 6-4 wing from Hopkins, S.C. who is considered the top player in the class, Lexi Gussert, a 6-foot wing from Forest Park, Mich. Kathryn Westbeld, a 6-2 forward from Kettering, Ohio, Sierra Calhoun, a 6-1 wing from Brooklyn, N.Y., and Taylor Rooks, a 6-1 wing from Warren, N.J.
While UConn coach Geno Auriemma is not permitted by NCAA rules to talk specifically about individual recruits, he did say in general terms that it is not necessarily easier to recruit fresh off winning a national championship.
“I don’t know if it’s any easier or any harder,’’ Auriemma said. “I think it’s more of a `What’s out there?’ Like right now, I wouldn’t care if we won nine championships in a row. There’s just not enough kids 6-2 or over that you look around and go, `Wow. This is a great class for big kids.’ So some years it doesn’t matter what you do there’s not anything that you really, really need. Right now that seems to be the biggest challenge for our coaching staff is to find some big kids that going forward are going to be able to help you.’’
A name to remember in the Class of 2015 is Asia Durr, a 5-10 guard from Douglasville, Ga. She is regarded as the top player in the class and has a scholarship offer from UConn.
Durr averaged 21.2 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 2.6 steals in leading St. Pius X Catholic High to 30-3 record and the Class AAA state championship this season.