British Wing Makes Decision

England is beginning to really crank out top prospects. From Luol Deng to Eric Boateng, we're in the middle of a British invasion. Wing Ben Eaves is the latest to commit to a high-major program.

The Connecticut Huskies have themselves a strong recruiting class. Recruiting junkies are familiar with the Curtis Kelly's and Stanley Robinson's of the world. Learning about the Huskies newest commitment, Ben Eaves, is going to take some time.

Eaves, a 6-foot-7 wing out of Preston, England by way of Worcester Academy, picked Jim Calhoun's squad over Providence, Marquette and Georgia Tech on Monday.

"I just got a sense that there was a great opportunity for me there and I didn't see any negatives there," Eaves said. "I found it to be a great place."

Eaves visited the Huskies and Providence and said that if he didn't like it so much in Storrs he would have taken trips to Marquette and Georgia Tech later this month.

"Obviously the tradition and the history of the team and what they've been able to achieve kind of speaks for itself," Eaves said. "A lot of people know how successful they've been and they've kind of proven it every year."

Eaves said that he and Calhoun were completely on the same page and that made the choice feel comfortable to him.

"Coach Calhoun basically understands my goals as a player. His goals are similar to mine in a sense of winning and continuing to win like UConn has over the years. It's a two-way thing: they can help me to get where I want to go and I can help them continue to do what they've done. At the end of the day their goal is to win the national championship. It's like a two-way process."

Recruiting overseas often times is cyclical with "hot countries" changing on a yearly basis. With England producing a pair of Duke players in Deng and Boateng and now Eaves to Connecticut, one is led to believe that while football is the country's most popular sport, basketball has some followers too.

"It's something that's kind of developing over there. More players are trying to come over here and play at a high level. It's on the rise, particularly with the younger players."

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