The University of Connecticut men's basketball program is starting to set its fall schedule for official visits from recruits.
The first player to be penciled in to visit
Storrs is Quincy Pondexter, a 6-foot-6, 180-pound
swingman from San Joaquin High in Fresno,
Pondexter will visit the coach Jim Calhoun's program the weekend of Sept.
2-4. Pondexter is also getting
strong interest from Oklahoma,
Kansas, Georgia Tech, Oregon and
Spencer Hawes, a prized 6-11, 225-pund center/power
forward from Seattle, has UConn in
his final list of five schools and is expected to visit with the Huskies in
Hawes, who has been compared to Kevin McHale because of his ability in
the post and facing the basket, has already scheduled an official visit to
North Carolina the weekend of
Sept. 16-18 and is also interested in Washington, UCLA and Stanford. UConn
assistant Tom Moore is the lead recruiter for both Pondexter and
Also expected to visit in September are Alex Stephenson
and Deon Thompson, two sought-after power forwards from
California. The 6-10 Stephenson
plays at Harvard Westlake High in Studio City,
Calif. while Thompson is from
Calif. UConn assistant Andre LaFleur is the
lead recruiter for both Stephenson and Thompson.
The Huskies have received three oral commitments for the
2006-07 season thus far and are in the hunt for four more. Ramar Smith, a 6-2
guard from Detroit, and New York
City products Curtis Kelly, a 6-9 forward, and Will Harris, a 6-6 wing, have already committed.
Scholastic and prep
school players can begin making official visits when their academic years at
their respective schools begin.