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UConn 2013 recruiting targets by position

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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:

POINT GUARD

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.

Offer: Yes

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.

Offer: Yes

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).

Offer: Yes

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?”

Offer: Yes

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.

Offer: Yes

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.

Offer: No

Also considering: USC, Washington, San Jose State, Long Beach State, UNLV, Colorado, Portland

SHOOTING GUARD

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.

Offer: Yes

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.

Offer: Yes

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.

Offer: Yes

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.

Offer: Yes

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.

Offer: Yes

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.

Offer: ??

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.

Offer: Yes

SMALL FORWARD

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.

Offer: Yes

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.

Offer: Yes

Also considering: Kansas, Kansas State, Louisville, Syracuse, Rutgers, Seton Hall, Florida (per ESPN)

POWER FORWARD/CENTER

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.

Offer: Yes

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.

Offer: Yes

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.

Offer: Yes

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).

Offer: Yes

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.

Offer: No

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.

Offer: Yes

Categories: Recruiting

5 Responses

  1. Anthony says:

    Hey Kevin, I know about Kenton Facey and Terrance Samuels. Are there any others that are close to being ours? I am going to practice on Sunday, I’ll ask ha! Thanks for keeping up. I know Theron Mayes, wonder if him living here will make a difference. Did Wayne Selden commit officially? Okay let’s get KO a long term huh? I told my Son after the ACC snubbed us, that we should fire Pasqualoni and the entire staff and hire the Auburn football coach and then give KO a six year deal! That would take the heat and put it elsewhere.

  2. LENNY BELZER says:

    KEVIN,
    GREAT JOB OF TRYING TO SIFT THINGS OUT. INTERESTING TO KNOW
    THAT BOATRIGHT MIGHT JUMP TO PROS. I AM VERY FAMILIAR WITH KURAN
    IVERSON WHO IS ACTUALLY 6-9 AND STILL GROWING. I HEARD WAYNE
    SELDEN IS VERY HIGH ON THE HUSKIES. ALSO, HOW GOOD IS JORDAN BELL.
    IS HE A SMALL OR POWER FORWARD? KEVIN, PLEASE STAY IN TOUCH IF YOU
    CAN. I AM A BOOSTER FOR UCONN ATHLETICS AND RECRUITING IS FIRST
    AND FOREMOST. BY THE WAY IS XAVIER MAYES THE SON OF FORMER ALL STATE PLAYER THERON MAYES WHO CALHOUN TRIED TO RECRUIT OUT OF HILLHOUSE HIGH IN NEW HAVEN,CT WHEN HE CAME ON BOARD BACK IN 80S.

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  4. Kevin Duffy says:

    That’s a great question, Dennis. In fact, it’s a question I’ve been meaning to ask some of the coaches. My suspicion is that if one point guard gave a verbal commitment, the others would reconsider, which is why such a scenario doesn’t happen often.

  5. Dennis says:

    Kevin,
    I go out of my way to read your columns. Your info about UConn men is such a delight to read. Question: with so many offers made, isn’t there an incredible risk that they’ll end up with an over supply at one position and under supplied at others if, say, 4 point guards say yes on the same day? Is there another definition to ‘offer’ besides the obvious?