The following list has been compiled from my interviews with high school prospects, discussions with sources and information obtained from reputable recruiting websites.
Below, I’ve grouped UConn’s 2013 targets by position. The players listed at the top of each group are the ones I believe to be the team’s highest priorities (of course, I could be missing some).
As you know, UConn could sign as many as five players for the 2013 class (there are two available scholarships, R.J. Evans will graduate, the Huskies get one back from their Nate Miles-related recruiting violations and Ryan Boatright could very well jump to the pros). Here’s the list:
Terrence Samuel, 6-3, Brooklyn: Word is Samuel is a top priority. He’s solid in all facets and can really get into the paint. Samuel, considered one of the top prospects in New York City, is AAU teammates with Kentan Facey, another possible signee.
Also considering: Pitt, Dayton, Rhode Island (per New York Post)
Tahj Shamsid-Deen, 5-9, Decatur, Ga.: One of the smaller guards in the class,Shamsid-Deen is a scoring guard with a nice lefty stroke. Needless to say, he’s extremely quick and can be a pesky defender.
Also considering: UConn, Auburn, Butler, Richmond (per Scout insider)
Stevie Clark, 5-10, Oklahoma City: Scoring point guard will sort through “25-30 offers,” his mother said. Clark recently took a visit to UCLA, which just inked 2013 floor general Zach LaVine (a move that could deter Clark from heading to Westwood).
Also considering: Missouri, Memphis, Oklahoma, Marquette, UCLA
Wes Clark, 6-0, Romulus, Mich.: Gritty floor general exploded at the LeBron James Skills Academy and picked up several high major offers. He also had one of the best quotes of the summer: “If you’re trying to go somewhere to get to the next level, what’s better than Connecticut?”
Also considering: Pitt, USC, Missouri, Creighton, Xavier, Dayton and UMass
Roddy Peters, 6-4, District Heights, Md.: Like Wes Clark, summer has been big for tall, smooth lead guard.
Kendall Smith, 6-3 PG, Antioch, Calif.: A pass-first guard who averaged 9.1 assists per game as a junior, Smith is extremely high on UConn. My hunch is that he’d commit on the spot if offered by the Huskies.
Also considering: USC, Washington, San Jose State, Long Beach State, UNLV, Colorado, Portland
Isaac Hamilton, 6-4, Los Angeles: Widely regarded as one of the elite scorers in the class, Hamilton ranks in the top 15 by Rivals and Scout. He can score in a variety of ways. His younger brother, Daniel Hamilton, is a top shooting guard in the class of 2014.
Also considering: UNLV, San Diego State, Arizona, St. John’s, UCLA, USC, Washington (per Mountain West Connection)
Xavier Rathan Mayes, 6-4 , Ontario: I’ve never heard a recruit rave about a coach the way Rathan Mayes did about Kevin Ollie. He has 33 offers — that number may have gone up since last week — so UConn has some competition, but the Huskies are most definitely in the mix. A prolific scorer who once put up 63 points in a high school game, Rathan Mayes hopes to make a stop to campus while he’s visiting his father, a New Haven resident. There have been rumors that Rathan Mayes could go to Kentucky in a package deal with Andrew Wiggins, his high school/AAU teammate and the No. 1 player in the class of 2014.
Also considering: Kansas, Baylor, Florida State, North Carolina State, Kentucky (has not cut list yet)
Davon Reed, 6-5, Princeton, N.J.: Often compared to Jeremy Lamb because of his length and spot-up shooting, Reed recently cut his list to eight. UConn offered the highly-touted New Jersey prospect Monday afternoon. Louisville, one of Reed’s other top choices, has not extended an offer. The Cardinals have been in steady contact, though.
Also considering: Louisville, UConn, Memphis, Miami, Cincinnati, Xavier, Harvard, Wake Forest
Decision: Reed hopes to make a choice “sometime in the fall.”
Josh Hart, 6-5, Washington, D.C.: Earned an offer about two weeks ago. He’s considered a good midrange shooter and a solid rebounder for a guard. His recruitment is picking up steam this summer.
Also considering: Villanova, Indiana, Cincinnati and Kansas State, Miami (Fla.), Tennessee, others
Wayne Selden Jr., 6-4, Roxbury, Mass: Physically, he doesn’t look like a rising high school senior. Scout.com considers him the No. 1 shooting guard in the country. Needless to say, he’d be a huge pickup for UConn.
Also considering: Florida, UCLA, Harvard, Kansas, Ohio State, Kentucky (per ESPN.com)
Kuran Iverson, 6-8, Hartford, Conn.: Worlds of ability, but questions about intangibles. In an odd twist, Iverson said he “wasn’t sure” if UConn had offered him a scholarship. The Huskies definitely are tracking his progress, though, and there’s still a chance he lands in Storrs.
Also considering: Florida, Syracuse, Indiana, Memphis, Kentucky
Decision: Iverson said he’ll likely make a choice before he leaves for Fishburne Military Academy (Va.)
E.C. Matthews, 6-3, Romulus, Mich.: A high school and AAU teammate of Wes Clark, Matthews picked up an offer from the Huskies this past week.
Reggie Cameron, 6-7, Jersey City, N.J.: Big-time shooter who would be a good fit alongside guards that penetrate and create open looks. He’d like to make a visit in August.
Also considering: Florida, NC State, USC, Villanova, West Virginia and Miami (Fla.)
Decision: Before start of high school basketball season
Tyler Roberson, 6-7, Roselle, N.J.: One of the most highly recruited prospects in the Northeast, Roberson picked up an offer from UConn in late May.
Also considering: Kansas, Kansas State, Louisville, Syracuse, Rutgers, Seton Hall, Florida (per ESPN)
Kentan Facey, 6-9 PF, Long Island: Jamaican big man transferred to U.S. to gain exposure. He’s blown up over the summer (perhaps more than any player), picking up offers from high majors such as UCLA, Memphis and Louisville. UConn jumped on him early, which could give it an advantage.
Also considering: Florida, St. John’s, Rhode Island, Memphis, UCLA, Louisville, Pittsburgh, Xavier, USC, Dayton, Virginia Tech, Saint Louis (per CBS Sports)
Decision: In June, Facey said he was planning a visit to UConn. He also said he’d like to make a decision before
Akoy Agau, 6-9 PF, Omaha, Neb.: Physical big man who has won three straight state titles at Omaha Central. Had 16 points, 13 rebounds and 14 blocks in last year’s state championship game. He recently named Georgetown his favorite, according to The Recruit Scoop. Louisville made an offer Friday.
Also considering: Georgetown, West Virginia, Louisville, Xavier, Marquette, Nebraska, Creighton
Decision: Agau said he’ll likely wait until the spring signing period.
Marcus Lee, 6-9, Antioch, Calif.: Considered one of the premier shot blockers in the class of 2013, Lee is one of the nation’s hottest recruits. Rivals.com reports that he holds nearly 30 offers.
Mike Young, 6-9, Pittsburgh: At 230, Young possesses the size to bang down low and the athleticism to play small forward. He’s a highly sought-after prospect (as you’ll see below).
Also considering: N.C. State, Memphis, Xavier, St. John’s, West Virginia, Pitt, Rutgers, Florida, Miami, Seton Hall and Georgia Tech (per Adam Zagoria of SNY)
Decision: Young told SNY it could come around Thanksgiving.
Jordan Bell, 6-7 PF, Long Beach, Calif.: One of the nation’s top shotblockers, Bell posted 16 points, 14 boards and 16 rejections in a high school game last season. He calls UConn his dream school.
Also considering: The entire Pac 12 except for Utah and Stanford; also Virginia Tech, Wyoming, Hawaii, St. John’s, Texas, Alabama and Oklahoma.
Jermaine Lawrence, 6-9 PF, Springfield Gardens, N.Y.: An athletic big man with 3-point range. It’s no wonder almost every high major in the country is lining up to see Lawrence, who averaged 25 points, 12 rebounds and eight blocks per game after transferring midway through his junior year of high school. He recently listed his top three as Rutgers, Florida and Syracuse, so he could be a longshot for the Huskies.