Connecticut announced Monday that the basketball office has received a signed national letter of intent from Brimah, a 6-foot-11, 215-pound center originally from Ghana who now lives in Miami, Fla.
Brimah is a raw offensive player who needs to add strength but he has the potential to be a game changer on defense. Brimah committed to UConn on Jan. 14 and joins a recruiting class that includes 6-9 forward Kentan Facey (Glen Head, N.Y.) and 6-4 guard Terrence Samuel (Brooklyn, N.Y.).
After growing up playing soccer, Brimah started playing organized basketball just over three years ago. He lives with his legal guardian and played at Archbishop Coleman F. Carroll High School, where he averaged 16.0 points, 11.7 rebounds and 7.2 blocked shots under coach Juan Hernandez.
"Amida was one of the most passionate basketball players I saw during the entire recruiting period, and I fell in love with his passion for the game," UConn coach Kevin Ollie said in a statement issued by UConn. "He showed leadership both on and off the court, and then he was the best player in the game."
Brimah shot 68 percent from the floor and 72 percent from the foul line and recorded five triple-doubles in his senior season. He helped Carroll to a 26-5 record and the Florida Class 4A regional semifinals.
"We think Amida can be another in the long line of outstanding UConn big men," Ollie said. "He's a terrific shot-blocker and rebounder. He's obviously got to get stronger, but he's got a chance to make an impact right away. I love the fact that he is dying to get up here this summer."
In addition to English, Brimah speaks French and four African dialects. UConn said Brimah expects to study hospitality management at UConn. When Facey and Samuel participated in the Jordan Brand Class Regional Game last week, Brimah traveled to New York to do a little bonding with his future UConn teammates.
That has to be an encouraging sign for Ollie and the Huskies, who emphasized chemistry on the way to 20 victories last season.
"With Amida joining Kentan and Terrence, we think we have three new players coming in who can all help us," Ollie said. "What I like best is they each have a relentless motor that just keeps going. They are excited to play basketball."