Though the rumor mill has been doing its fair share of churning, no word yet on another prospect adding his name to UConn's growing list of 2006 commits. However, decisions are looming for several key recruits.
Six-foot-nine Stanley Robinson, a forward out of Birmingham,
Alabama, is in the midst of taking his
official visits this month while 6-8 Alex Stepheson seems close to giving one
lucky school the nod. According to one source Alex and his family are talking it
over and are getting "really close".
The Huskies would love to have one or both of these talented big men.
Connecticut utilized the last day
of the "contact" period by visiting the duo. Assistant Coach Tom Moore was in
California with Stepheson while
Coach Calhoun and Andre LaFleur were in
Alabama visiting Robinson.
Were one, or both to give the Huskies the "word", that would not mean
that the recruitment of 2006 players would cease. If the right player were to
come along another '06 recruit would be a distinct possibility.
There are a number of rumors circulating about 6-9 Kevin Durant, 2006's
top ranked small forward who is committed to
Texas. Several seem to think
Durant's decision to head to Austin
is not on solid ground. Were he to become available that would probably be a
player UConn would consider trying to add to its 2006 repertoire.
UConn is also still involved in the recruitment of
Jersey star Lance Thomas. For Thomas, the visits continue. He's
tentatively scheduled to visit
Storrs on October 22nd
and is still interested in coming out to see what the Huskies have to offer. But
UConn may not have much to offer by then.
Should Stanley Robinson and/or Alex Stepheson commit, then the chances of
seeing Thomas in Husky Blue and White would decrease dramatically. UConn would
be overloaded at the four-man spot with Will Harris, Curtis Kelly, and .
"Then there would no longer be a need to look into UConn," said Thomas'
uncle Monte Montgomery. "All of those guys play similar positions and only one
of them can be on the court at a time."
Montgomery claims Lance fielded 15 scholarship offers
from schools and currently has offers from all seven schools on his latest list;
UConn, Duke, Florida, Rutgers, Wake Forest and Georgia Tech. Don't expect a
decision from camp
Thomas anytime soon though.
Montgomery confirmed Lance will in
all likelihood wait until the spring to conclude his recruitment.
With 2006 recruiting nearing an end the Huskies will shift their focus to
2007. While 2006 was year in which the UConn needed quality and quantity, in
2007 it will be about quality and not quantity.
Connecticut will look to fill
voids with some of the top talent '07 has to offer.
Thomas' St. Benedict's Prep teammate Corey Stokes is
still the only 2007 prospect UConn has presented a scholarship offer to. The
junior wing visited Storrs recently
and has been the top priority so far in this class.
UConn will also continue to recruit top-ranked '07 point guard O.J. Mayo.
Mayo may present an interesting challenge for UConn. The "word on the street" is
that Mayo, Bill Walker and Keenan Ellis are asking for a package deal. With
limited scholarships available it would be tough for the Huskies to comply with
Some other names of interest from the class of 2007 who
will get a long, hard look from UConn are Herb Pope, and Kevin Love.