Believe it or not, UConn’s First Night is a week from tomorrow (or today, depending on when you’re reading this).
And a week from Saturday, Xavier Rathan Mayes will announce his college destination. Right now, the Huskies are sitting on two 2013 commitments, Terrence Samuel and Kentan Facey. The potential addition of Rathan Mayes, who skipped his official visit to Storrs, would be enormous for Kevin Ollie and, of course, the entire program.
Here’s a rundown of UConn’s latest recruiting news:
*UConn coach Kevin Ollie visited Massachusetts forward Noah Vonleh on Wednesday. At 6-foot-9, Vonleh has the versatility to play inside and out. He recently reclassified to 2013, and he’s considered one of the top 10 players in his class. Translation: You can pencil in Ollie’s extension if he signs Vonleh. Problem is, the Huskies will have to beat out nearly every other high-major in the country for the Haverhill, Mass. stud.
*Word from someone familiar with the situation is that Jabari Parker was very impressed with Kevin Ollie. Parker, the nation’s No. 1 prospect, said he’ll pick five schools to visit. He’s already selected Duke, Florida and Michigan State. As Parker’s high school coach told The Hartford Courant, he wouldn’t entertain UConn if he wasn’t seriously interested.
*UConn was scheduled to visit Long Beach forward Jordan Bell on Friday. An athletic 6-foot-8 forward, Bell is considered one of the elite shotblockers in the nation. He’s been upfront about his desire to play at UConn, so if the staff offers this weekend, there’s a chance he’d commit on-the-spot. He’s ranked No. 67 in the 2013 class by Rivals.com.
*Oklahoma City point guard Stevie Clark, a 5-foot-10 scorer with great range, announced that he’d visit Oklahoma State, Baylor, Florida State and UCLA. His mother, Dorshell Clark, told Hearst Connecticut Media Group that UConn could still get into the mix. She said the Huskies were “No. 1 forever, but for over a month we haven’t heard from them.” UConn may have lost interest after it signed Samuel.