With its days in the Big East now just a memory, UConn looks forward to its move to the America Athletic Conference, which it should be the favorite to win next season. Omar Calhoun, DeAndre Daniels, and Shabazz Napier will be back, as will Ryan Boatright and Niels Giffey.
The Huskies look to bring in a talented recruiting class as well, some of whom could make a big impact in Storrs.
Here is a look at the top prospects who have signed with or are considering the Huskies next season:
Kentan Facey, 6-9 PF, Glen Head, NY, Long Island Lutheran High School. Facey is the 26th-ranked power forward in the nation according to ESPN.com, and is a four-star prospect. He’s got good size at 6-9 and has good hands and a powerful body. He probably needs to bulk up a little in order to control the paint in college. Still, he’s a good defender with good shotblocking instincts and the length to cause problems down low. He’s active, mobile, and very well-coordinated for a big man. He’s also got range on his jump shot and can extend out to near the three-point line. Facey has good touch around the basket and uses his hands well inside.
Amida Brimah, 6-11 C, Miami, FL Archbishop Carroll High School. Brimah is a lanky big man who has the athleticism to develop into a solid center in college basketball. He’s very hard-working and persistent, and although he doesn’t run particularly well, he runs the floor every time. Brimah is just a stick inside and is too easy to knock over at this point, but he should be able to draw fouls down low. He’s a great shotblocker because of his size, and is fairly athletic with a continuous motor. He’s the 13th-ranked center in this class, according to ESPN.com.
Terrence Samuel, 6-3, SG, Brooklyn, NY, South Shore High School. Samuel is the 39th-ranked shooting guard in the class and a three-star prospect. He’s got good court vision and can handle the ball well. He’s also a good shooter with three-point range and can score in traffic and
Aquille Carr, 5-7, PG, Baltimore, MD Princeton Day Academy. Carr is rated as a four-star prospect on ESPN.com, and ranked 23rd among shooting guards in this class. He’s small, but he’s Nate Robinson-explosive and can dunk with authority. He has the ability to change his mind in mid-air and create, and has shown incredible ball handling ability and an ability to shoot on the run. Carr is also considering Kentucky, Louisville, Memphis, Seton Hall, Syracuse and Texas, although the Huskies remain high on his list.
Sidy Mohammed Djitte, 6-10, C, Fayateville, NC, Northwood Temple Academy. Djitte is also considering Cincinnati, Clemson, NC State and Old Dominion. The big man has the size to become a solid defender and is a good shotblocker. His highlight tape is not nearly as impressive as Brimah’s, but it does show his defensive ability. He’s pretty raw on the offensive side and has trouble in the post. He’s ranked as the 45th-best center in the 2013 class by ESPN.com.