NYC Swingman Has UCONN On List

The great success the Connecticut program has had the past two decades is something many recruits mention when discussing the program ...

Ricky Torres, 6-foot-5 and 200-pound shooting guard/small forward from St. Raymond's High School in the Bronx, New York, took an unofficial visit to St. John's University yesterday. A source close to Torres told us he and his family were happy to meet new St. John's head coach Norm Roberts and the St. John's assistants. This is one of many unofficial visits Torres would like to take before he makes his decision.

Torres, who will play for the New York Ravens AAU program this upcoming summer, is an intriguing prospect. Ricky certainly has the offensive skills to knock it down from the perimeter but also dribble/drive past his defender. Torres realizes for him to be an outstanding player on the college level he will need to improve one area.

"I am working hard on my strength," Torres told us this past weekend. "I want to get bigger and stronger to finish better inside. I also want to get quicker. That will help me defensively." Torres told us he expects to compete this weekend at the Bob Gibbons Memorial Day tournament in Durham, North Carolina starting tonight. How Torres does in this event and in the future tournaments will determine how high the offers will come.

Torres stated he has several schools on his list. "...St. John's, Seton Hall, Pittsburgh, Connecticut, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Virginia, Florida State, Florida, and Xavier are the schools I hear from the most." Torres added: "Connecticut's winning tradition is important. I want to play right away. I want to play for a team that likes to run the ball. Connecticut does all of that with its offense. Hopefully I can take a visit there." He also indicated he has no leader at this point but was hoping to make a Fall decision.

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