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UCONN has begin to focus more on its recruiting targets for 2005

The July evaluation period is a big time for any basketball program in judging talent worthy of its standards. And when you are the National Champions and have had an incredible run of success over the past couple of decades, the recruits come calling the program.

Connecticut has built up a tremendous trust factor among prospects because of its great winning tradition and the ability to reach the Final Four and win championships. So the talent pool of players that want to play for Jim Calhoun has increased dramatically.

But Connecticut also has the tough task in telling some top level recruits they can't offer them scholarships due to other high priority targets. And this summer UCONN, though being seriously considered, had to fade away from It appears that Tyrell Biggs, the skilled 6-7, 250-pound PF from Don Bosco Prep School in New Jersey. After talking things over with his father, he's got a top five and is planning on making an official visit to each campus.

"Right now, we're going to visit Miami (FL), Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Villanova, and Virginia," said Biggs. "Right now, those are pretty much my top five."

Connecticut was one of the top schools being considered during the spring and for most of July. Tyrell did not have a red-hot summer like some other recruits (see Jeff Adrien and John Garcia). So schools like Maryland, Connecticut, and Duke dropped from sight.

The trip to Miami will be his first, and it's scheduled for the weekend scheduled September 10th. The rest don't have firm dates associated with them yet, but he is planning on making a trip to each.

"I would like to take all five before I make a choice," said Biggs, although he admitted there was a chance he could commit before taking all five. "I am going to see how I feel on each campus," he added. "How comfortable I am and how the atmosphere is."

Among these five, there is not one school that particularly stands out at the moment. "Everybody is even right now," said Biggs. "The deciding factor will be the visits."

Since the AAU circuit ended, there had been a number of schools who have been in and out of the picture with Biggs. Duke was one school that appeared to right in the mix, but recent events apparently have dropped them from Biggs's consciousness.

"I don't really know about Duke," said Biggs. "There's some things going on with that right now." Any chance Biggs considers Duke if they were to step back into the picture more heavily? "I don't think so," Biggs sighed.

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