The Huskies will receive more commitments from players in the Class of 2015 in the coming months. There is no doubt, however, that they are off to another fast start in terms of recruiting with the addition of Napheesa Collier.
Collier, a 6-foot-1 forward from St. Louis, Mo., became the first to pledge her allegiance to UConn Sunday morning at the home of Coach Geno Auriemma. Through her first three seasons in high school (one at Jefferson City High and two at Incarnate Word Academy), she has totaled 1,986 points, 942 rebounds, 282 assists, 342 steals and 200 blocks in 89 games.
Collier owns career averages of 22.3 points (70.4 FG), 10.6 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 3.8 steals and 2.3 blocks.
“I knew she had the potential to play at this level (in college) because she is such a versatile player,’’ Incarnate Word Academy coach Dan Rolfes said. “And with her size and athleticism, it just makes her a huge weapon offensively and defensively. She’s 6-1. I can have her bring the ball up and play the point and she can go down and post. She scores a bunch of different ways. And then defensively, she can guard a guard, a post. We can do a lot of switching with her and she’s great on our press. So she just does so many things so well.’’
Collier has averaged a double-double (24.1 points, 10.9 rebounds combined) and led the Red Knights to back Class 4 state championships and a 62-1 record over the past two seasons. And very UConn-like, she has committed 126 fouls in this span (2.0)
Rolfes said that she believes Collier has the ability to make an impact at UConn right away.
“I think her potential is unlimited because each year we’ve had her she’s improved and gotten better and worked,’’ Rolfes said. “And I think once she’s challenged on a daily basis by other players of her caliber she’s just going to get better and better.’’
Here is what Rolfes thinks Collier needs to improve on before she arrives at UConn …
“Right now she relies a lot on her length and athleticism,’’ Rolfes said. “And so I think the more cerebral side of the game is something that she’s going to have to get better at. Because at that level there’s so many players that are so good, that are going to be as athletic as her.’’