Recruiting - What's Next for UConn?

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 Newark, New 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 that request.

 

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.


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