UConn has been off since its New Years Day loss at Marquette, which has given the coaches time to hit the recruiting trail.
An updated look at UConn’s targets:
Amida Brimah, C, Miami — The Huskies appear to be in good shape with Brimah, a 6-foot-11 defensive menace with a 7-foot-6 wingspan. This will come as a surprise to absolutely no one, but UConn needs to add a rebounder. New Haven Register beat writer Dave Borges took a closer look at Brimah here.
Notes: Guard Kendall Smith, a late-blooming 6-foot-3 slashing point guard, verbally committed to UNLV this past week. Smith had been courted by UConn, but it’s unclear if an offer was ever made….Center Kameron Rooks, the son of former NBA player Sean Rooks, committed to Cal. It looks as though all of UConn’s 2013 eggs are in Brimah’s basket.
Ahmed Hill, G, Augusta, Ga. — A prolific scorer, Hill has serious interest (and offers) from a plethora of high majors. Duke is the latest school to get involved. Needless to say, he’d be a huge pickup for UConn.
Paschal Chukwu, C, Fairfield, Conn. — Adding Brimah in 2013 and Chukwu in 2014 would solve the rebounding problems (at least you would hope so). The Huskies appear to be serious about Chukwu: Ollie was spotted at a Fairfield Prep game this past week. The rapidly-developing 7-foot-2 Nigerian can change the game defensively (obviously), but is also capable of knocking down a 17-foot jumper (according to Hearst Connecticut’s Pat Pickens).
Jared Terrell, G, Weymouth, Mass. — At 6-foot-4, 225 pounds, Terrell is a strong, explosive shooting guard who attacks the basket. Ranked as the nation’s No. 4 two-guard, Terrell has offers from UConn, Cincinnati, Maryland, Rutgers, Providence and others, per Scout.com.
Abdul Malik Abu, F, Boston –If UConn wants to get more physical, the 6-foot-8, 225-pound Malik Abu would be a perfect addition. One thing Ollie can sell here: playing time. Malik Abu would have a shot at starting from Day One. Most other teams recruiting him probably can’t offer the same opportunity.
Jahlil Okafor, C, Chicago – According to Yahoo!, the 6-foot-11, 280-pound Okafor made 46 of his first 59 field goal attempts. One of the top talents in 2014, Okafor will have his choice of any high major. I suspect that the conference realignment issue will hurt UConn’s chances with highly-rated prospects such as Okafor.
Leron Black, F, Memphis – Black, an athletic 6-foot-7 forward, de-committed from Baylor this past week, citing a “rushed decision,” according to the Memphis Commerical-Appeal. Jerry Meyer of 247 sports tweeted that Black was contacted by Kentucky, Baylor, Ohio State, Florida, UConn, Memphis, Kansas, Missouri and NC State since withdrawing his commitment. All but Kentucky have offered.