Latara Darrett Updates Her Recruiting

After Jacki Gemelos decommitted from UConn, the eyes of Husky Nation turned towards Latara Darrett. The 5-10 combo guard from Chino, Calif., was rumored to be a key target for UConn after losing Gemelos. But was Darrett still interested in UConn? After all, the fan bulletin boards were filled with talk that Darrett and Gemelos wanted to play college basketball together.

Darrett says that she's never played with Gemelos as a teammate and has always wanted to do so.

"It would great to play with her. We could really do some damage together," Darrett said.

However, Gemelos' decision will not be the deciding factor in Darrett's choice of schools.

"Her decision [to decommit from UConn] affected me in a good way because it means I might have the opportunity to play with her. But it hasn't changed my mind about any particular school."

So, what is Darrett looking for in a college?

"I'm used to living in the city, but a school's location isn't important. I'm looking for a school with good coaches who can play my [uptempo] style and where there's a good academic support system," Darrett explained. "I haven't decided what I'd like to major in, but I'm considering a career as a lawyer, psychologist or maybe in communications. The academics are going to be important."

Darrett is a combination guard who has no preference for either backcourt position. As a point guard, Darrett's strength is in her court vision. As a shooting guard, she can use her quickness to get open for a shot. She doesn't mind at all having the ball in her hands when the team needs a shot.

"Oh, yes, I love to be in that position," Darrett said. "But I love it even more when I can find the open player and pass the ball to her for a big basket."

Darrett claims that defense is both a strength and weakness in her game.

"I get a lot of steals. I really like it when coach has me defending the other team's best player, unless it's a 6-5 post," she laughed. "But I feel I can always get better on defense and I'm always working on it."

After her sophomore year in high school, Darrett transferred to the IMG Academy in Florida where she averaged 19.3 points, 4.2 assists, 7.5 rebounds, 3.6 steals and 2.0 blocks per game last season. Darrett made the move from California to Florida because she felt it was better all-around preparation for college.

"The school is a great opportunity to train for both basketball and academic life. It has college atmosphere and I think it will prepare me for college," Darrett said.

Which college will that be? At this time, she has only two official visits set up, one at Baylor and another at UCLA. She would also like to set up official visits with UConn and USC. All schools have offered scholarships but Darrett says she hasn't heard from UConn for a while. When asked if there was a leader for her, Darrett said, "Probably UConn."

Her final choice of schools may come in the spring, although she'd prefer to decide this fall. However, she's going to take her time and make sure of her decision.

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