UConn has reeled in its first 2013 commit — 6-foot-9 shotblocker Kentan Facey — and the Huskies could sign up to four more players in the class. They’ll have a few openings for 2014, as well. Shabazz Napier, Niels Giffey, Tyler Olander and Enosch Wolf — the holdovers from the 2011 championship run — will graduate in May of 2014.
Here’s a look at some players being pursued by UConn. Take note that the Boston area, which recently produced Jeff Adrien, Alex Oriakhi, Jamal Coombs-McDaniel and Shabazz Napier, is rich with 2014 talent.
Ahmed Hill, 6-4 SG, Augusta, Ga.: He draw comparisons to Russell Westbrook. Hill is an explosive athlete who ranks as one of the elite scorers in this class. Offer: Yes Also considering: Kansas, Indiana, VCU, Alabama
Chris McCullough, 6-10 PF, Bronx, N.Y.: One college coach told CBSSports.com that McCullough is a one-and-done player. An elite athlete with great perimeter skills for his size, McCullough transferred to Brewster Academy for his junior season. There’s a chance he could reclassify for 2013, although his AAU coach, Terrence “Munch” Williams dispelled the notion in an interview several months ago. Offer: Yes Also considering: Syracuse, St. John’s Kansas, Iowa State, Rutgers, Seton Hall, Florida
Noah Vonleh, 6-8 PF, Haverhill, Mass.: UConn will have to beat out the rest of the ‘bluebloods’ for Vonleh, an extremely skilled big man considered the No. 1 power forward in the class of 2014. Vonleh visited campus on June 27. Offer: Yes Also considering: Everyone
Jared Terrell, 6-3 SG, Weymouth, Mass.: Terrell has a Big East-ready build (6-foot-3, 220 pounds) and a knack for getting to the rim. He’s already visited UConn a few times, including Midnight Madness of last season. He’ll play alongside McCullough at Brewster Academy next season. Offer: Yes Also considering: Rutgers, Providence, St. John’s, Boston College, Cincinnati, Miami (Fla.), Virginia Tech (per Scout.com)
Abdul Malik Abu, 6-8 PF, Boston: The whole “package deal” scenario is overblown sometimes, but there may be some substance to the rumors about Malik Abu and Terrell, teammates on the Expressions Elite AAU team. They’ve received interest from many of the same schools . One college coach told NBC Sports that Malik Abu reminded him of “a young Emeka Okafor.” Offer: Yes Also considering: See Terrell
Kahari Beaufort, 6-4 SG, East Hartford, Conn.: Local product who has a nice bounce to his game and a solid outside stroke. Beaufort, who scored 42 points in a Hartford Pro-Am game this summer, will transfer to Genesis Academy (Va), his third high school in as many years. Offer: No. Also considering: Syracuse, Kansas, West Virginia, Baylor, Miami (Fla.), Providence, Hofstra.
Daniel Hamilton, 6-6 SG, Los Angeles: Hamilton’s older brother, Isaac, is among the Huskies’ top targets for 2013. Although he’s not ranked as high as his big bro, Daniel Hamilton has reeled in some high-major interest this summer. He recently told 24/7 sports that UConn, UNLV, San Diego State and USC are his top four because they’ve been pursuing him the hardest.
Paschal Chukwu, 7-2 C, Fairfield, Conn.: Jim Calhoun collects 7-footers like I collect parking tickets at UConn. Chukwu is work-in progress, but you can’t teach 7-foot-2. After two years at Trinity Catholic, he’s transferring elsewhere, possibly Fairfield Prep.
Adonys Henriquez, 6-5 SG, Orlando: Long guard with terrific slashing ability. Henriquez is a high-major prospect with offers from Florida, Florida State and a slew of other southern schools.
Shaqqan Aaron, 6-6 SF, Apple Valley, Calif: Has the length and handle of an elite wing at the next level. UCLA and Arizona are among the schools that have offered, according to Scout.com.
Leron Black, 6-7 F, Memphis: Long and athletic, Black is highly-coveted nationwide. It may be hard to pry him from Josh Pastner’s grip at Memphis. Scout.com reports he also has offers from Georgetown, Missouri and Texas.
Kaleb Joseph, 6-3, Nashua, N.H.: A mid-major prospect until the summer, Joseph has been in contact with Providence, UConn, Pitt, Maryland and others, according to Cox Sports. He visited UConn in late June.
Rashard Figures, 6-4 SG, Hackensack, N.J.: Figures, who picked up high major interest this summer, visited UConn in June. He’s a solid athlete with a big-time 3-point stroke (click his name to see the highlight video).
Jordan McLaughlin, 5-11 PG, Etiwanda, Calif.: Scout.com ranks McLaughlin among the nation’s top 10 point guards. UConn is in the market for a slew of small, quick point guards — 2013 recruits Tahj Shamsid-Deen and Stevie Clark — so it remains to be seen if McLaughlin will fit.
Isaiah Whitehead, 6-4 SG, Brooklyn, N.Y.: A combo guard who has a strong build and ability to slash to the basket.
Conrad Chambers, 5-11 PG, Chester, Pa.: Chambers plays alongside Chris McCullough with Team SCAN, one of the top ranked AAU squad in the country.