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Recruiting Roundup: Dec. 21

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All has been quiet on the recruiting front in the past few months.

UConn is still stuck on two — Kentan Facey and Terrence Samuel — for the class of 2013. It seems likely, though, that the Huskies will add one more big man and possibly another guard before the class is complete. Here’s a look at the top prospects:

Class of 2013

Amida Brimah, F/C, Miami – Brimah reportedly boasts a 7-foot-6 wingspan (just check the video). He’s a menacing defensive presence with a high ceiling.

Kendall Smith, G, Antioch, Calif. – The UConn coaches will visit Smith this weekend, according to Dom Amore of The Hartford Courant. Smith, a lean 6-foot-3 guard, has been high on UConn (and Kevin Ollie) for quite some time. He recently told Coast2CoastHoops.com that his list was cut to three: UConn, UNLV and UCLA. A bouncy guard who attacks the basket, Smith went off for a career-high 48 points in his second high school game of the year. Perhaps UConn is afraid it will lose either Shabazz Napier or Ryan Boatright (or both) to the NBA Draft, and thus feels the need to add one more guard in 2013.

Kameron Rooks, C, San Marcos, Calif. – The son of former NBA center Sean Rooks, Kameron has a wide body (he’s listed at 7-foot, 275 pounds) and some solid skills, as well. It’s unlikely that the Huskies snatch up both Brimah and Rooks, though.

Class of 2014

Ahmed Hill, SG, Augusta, Ga. — UConn appears to be in decent shape with Hill, who hails from the same city as Ricky Moore, the current assistant director of basketball administration. The Huskies will have to fend off several other high-majors — Indiana and Kansas among them (even Duke has gotten in the mix) — to secure a commitment from the explosive 6-foot-5 shooting guard. He recently scored 37 points in Aquinas’ 72-66 win over Hammond High at the Chick-Fil-A classic.

Paschal Chukwu, C, Fairfield, Conn. — A 7-foot-2 center with a developing body and skills, Chukwu transferred to Fairfield Prep from Trinity Catholic this past fall. You can never have enough 7-foot shotblockers, and right now, UConn has zero.

Abdul Malik Abu, F, Boston – Kevin Ollie was joined by coaches from Notre Dame, Kansas State, Providence and Boston College at one of Abu’s games last week, according to ESPN’s Adam Finkelstein.

Jared Terrell, SG, Weymouth, Mass. — A well-built 6-foot-4, Terrell is widely considered a top 50 prospect nationally. His game closely resembles that of Dion Waiters.

Notes: 2014 shooting guard Adonys Henriquez, who had been in contact with UConn over the summer, committed to Miami (Fla.) this past week…East Hartford SG Kahari Beaufort will attend tonight’s UConn vs. Fordham game on an unofficial visit, according to Coast2CoastHoops.

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