UConn women land No. 1 recruit Megan Walker, three others in early signing period

(WTNH)–So much for UConn being just another women’s college basketball program.

The Huskies have once again landed the best high school basketball player in the country, this time in 6-1 guard Megan Walker of Chesterfield, Virginia.

Walker, who is ranked No. 1 in the nation by most recruiting services, including ESPN, led Monacan High to back-to-back state titles (including a 29-1 record last season) and averaged 21.4 points and 8.2 rebounds as a junior last year.

She ws named Virginia’s 2015 and 2016 Gatorade Player of the Year, and the Class 4A player of the year in the state. Walker chose UConn over Notre Dame and Texas.

“It really came down to what I know,” Walker told the Richmond Times-Dispatch. “I know the history that they have and I could help them continue that history, that there are top athletes that are already there and I could learn from them, and that I would develop as a player there and I could go on to play in the Olympics or professionally.”

Walker helped lead Team USA to a gold medal at the FIBA Americas U-18 Championships in Chile this summer, averaging 9.6 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game in that tournament.

The Huskies also picked up three other players during the early signing period.

Mikayla Combs, a 5-8 guard from Buford, Georgia, will become the Huskies’ first Georgian since Maya Moore. She enters her senior year of high school with 777 points, 418 rebounds, 126 assists and 186 steals in 64 games for Wesleyan School in Norcross, Ga.

Alexis Gordon, a 6-0 guard/forward from Fort Worth, Texas, is the all-time leading scorer at L.D. Bell High School and averaged 24.7 points and 9.5 rebounds as a junior. Both of her parents played basketball at TCU.

Andra Espinoza-Hunter is a former teammate of UConn senior Saniya Chong, and led Ossining High School in New York to a 2013 stste championship. She averaged 25 points and 8 rebounds per game at prep school Blair Academy.

For more on these three, check out UConn’s official release below:

ALEXIS GORDON

6-0 | Guard/Forward | Fort Worth, Texas

UConn’s second recruit from Texas, joining two-time All-American and 2016 graduate Moriah Jefferson … Also considered Baylor, Texas, and her parents’ alma mater TCU … Has started every game in her first three years at L.D. Bell High and enters her senior year as the school’s all-time leading scorer with 1,895 points. Also has 760 rebounds and 136 assists … As a junior, averaged 24.7 points and 9.5 rebounds for a 20-11 team. As a sophomore, averaged 22.7 points and 7.7 rebounds for an 18-14 club … Was a candidate for the 2015 U-16 United States national team and the 2016 U-17 United States national team … Father, Myron, played basketball at TCU from 1990-94. Mother, Kim, played basketball at TCU from 1992-96 … Entered her senior year with a 3.8 grade point averaged and ranked in the top 15 percent of her class.

ANDRA ESPINOZA-HUNTER

5-11 | Guard | Ossining, N.Y.

Will play her senior year at Ossining High after attending high school for three years at Blair Academy in New Jersey. Is a former teammate of UConn senior Saniya Chong at Ossining and of UConn sophomore Batouly Camara at Blair Academy … Also considered Duke … Started her high school career as a seventh grader at Ossining High and in two seasons scored 478 career points and made 99 3-pointers, and was part of Ossining’s 2013 state championship team … Helped Blair Academy to three league and three state prep championships in three seasons … As a junior, averaged 25.0 points and 8.0 rebounds while reaching the 1,000-point plateau. As a sophomore, averaged 19.1 points and 6.5 rebounds … Was a member of the 2015 U-16 United States national team and averaged 10.0 points and 3.8 rebounds as Team USA went 4-1 and won a bronze medal at the FIBA Americas Championship. Was a candidate for the 2016 U-17 United States national team.

MEGAN WALKER

6-1| Guard/forward | Chesterfield, Virginia

Ranked the No. 1 recruit nationally in the Class of 2017 by ESPNHoopgurlz … Also considered Notre Dame and Texas … Named Virginia’s 2015 and 2016 Gatorade Player of the Year and Class 4A Player of the Year … Has totals of 1,389 points, 502 rebounds, and 186 steals over three seasons and 79 games at Monacan High … As a junior, led Monacan to a 29-1 record and second straight Virginia Class 4A state title by averaging 21.2 points, 8.4 rebounds, and 3.2 steals. Reached the 1,000-point plateau during the season with a career best of 50 points on Feb. 5 against Cosby … As a sophomore, averaged 19.1 points and 7.1 rebounds for a 24-4 state championship club … Is a member of Monacan’s academic honor roll and owned a 3.65 grade point average entering her senior year … Picked up her first two medals with USA Basketball during the summer of 2016. Earned all-tournament honors as she helped the United States win silver at the FIBA U-18 3×3 world championships in Astana, Kazakhstan. She then averaged 9.6 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.6 steals as she helped Team USA capture gold at the FIBA Americas U-18 Championship in Valdivia, Chile.

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