Connecticut’s top high school player, 6-foot-8 swingman Kuran Iverson, verbally committed to Memphis Monday night, according to ESPN’s Reggie Rankin.
There’s no denying Iverson’s talent (he has NBA size with a matching handle and jumpshot), but his attitude and motor have been questioned throughout his high school career. A former standout at Northwest Catholic (West Hartford), Iverson transferred to Fishburne Military Academy (Va.) for his senior season.
In recent years, UConn has retained most of its in-state talent — Andre Drummond, Tyler Olander — while letting a few big-time prospects, like Iverson and Kris Dunn, escape the Nutmeg State.
Iverson, ranked as the No. 33 prospect in the class of 2013 by Scout.com, visited UConn in mid-August. Word out of Storrs is that the Huskies stopped recruiting him sometime afterward.
UConn is still in the market for a few more 2013 signees: Jabari Parker, the top overall player, will be getting a visit from Kevin Ollie this week. Scoring guard Xavier Rathan Mayes, considered the program’s top priority, makes an official visit this upcoming weekend. In addition, UConn is looking at a trio of athletic “4s” in Vince Hunter (Detroit), Jarvis Williams (Macon, Ga.) and Jordan Bell (Long Beach, Calif). The team is also in the mix for Reggie Cameron, a 6-foot-7 3-point specialist from Paterson, N.J.