UConn has received a commitment from one recruit — five-star swingman Daniel Hamilton — in Kevin Ollie’s inaugural 2014 class.
The Huskies must fill the scholarships of Shabazz Napier, Tyler Olander, Niels Giffey and Lasan Kromah, so expect some more 2014 additions. Here’s a look at the status of current targets:
*Abdul Malik Abu, 6-8, PF, Boston – Explosive forward who has drawn comparisons to a young Thomas Robinson. Abu has cut his list to four schools: Florida, UConn, N.C. State and Providence. He’ll announce Sept. 7 with his AAU teammate, Jared Terrell. As first reported by ESPN’s Adam Finkelstein, Abu visited Florida Tuesday.
*Devin Robinson, 6-8, SF, Church View, Va. — Long, skinny small forward who seems to fit the DeAndre Daniels mold. Can shoot it pretty well. Doesn’t seem to have through-the-roof athleticism. Per Rivals, he’ll visit Oklahoma State, Notre Dame, Florida, Indiana and UConn.
*Paul White, 6-8, PF, Chicago — According to GoldandGopher.com, White has reopened his recruitment after cutting his list weeks ago. That means other schools could join a race that currently includes Arizona, Georgetown, UConn, Minnesota and DePaul.
*Terry Larrier, 6-7, SF, Bronx, N.Y. — An athletic spot-up shooter, Larrier was in Storrs Aug. 27 on an unofficial visit. Word is he’ll visit VCU next week.
*Quentin Snider, 6-3, PG, Ballard, Ken. — After de-committing from Louisville, Snider spent the past weekend at UCLA and will visit Illinois this upcoming weekend, according to Fox Sports’ recruiting analyst Evan Daniels. He recently trimmed his list to Cincinnati, Illinois, Michigan State, Oklahoma State, UCLA, UConn and USC.
*Bonzie Colson Jr., 6-6, PF, Barrington, R.I. — Colson is undersized and won’t blow you away with athleticism, but he’s reportedly been offered by Pitt, Notre Dame, Florida State and UConn, so he must be doing something right. He’ll make an official visit in Storrs Oct. 11-13, according to Dave Borges of The New Haven Register. He could be a back-up plan for UConn in case the Huskies don’t land Abdul Malik Abu.
*Kelly Oubre, 6-7, SG, Sugar Land, Tex. — UConn must out-duel the heavyweights for Oubre: Kansas and Kentucky are the reported frontrunners, and Louisville, Georgetown and Florida are also in the mix (actually, it seems Florida is in the mix for every kid UConn is recruiting). Anyway, Oubre appears to be a longshot.
Fairfield Prep’s Paschal Chukwu, a raw 7-foot-2 center with great upside, committed to Providence last Thursday. It wasn’t much of a surprise, as word out of Chukwu’s tightly-knit circle had long implied UConn was not among his favorites.