Boatright , the NBA, and the decision

John F. Silver

Ryan Boatright isn’t sure what he wants to do.

Every year since the explosive 5-10 (barely) guard came to UConn he’s looked at turning pro at the end of the season. He almost left after his first year, and his second, and now as an integral part of a national championship team, is considering it again.

Here’s Boatright to a hometown newspaper about his decision-making — he was back home in Aurora, Ill., being honored for helping lead the Huskies to a national championship season.

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Family atmosphere at UConn won over Collier

By Carl Adamec

Napheesa Collier joked that the hug she got from coach Geno Auriemma Sunday would be the last she’d get in her career with the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team.

But then Collier recalled the embrace between Auriemma and Huskies’ senior guard Bria Hartley with a minute to go in UConn’s national championship game victory over Notre Dame on April 8 in Nashville, Tenn.

“That was such a sweet moment,” Collier said. “It shows how much his players mean to him and how much he means to his players when you see that kind of reaction.”
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Collier commits to UConn

By Carl Adamec

The University of Connecticut women’s basketball team has its first recruit from the Class of 2015.

Napheesa Collier, a 6-foot-1 junior forward from St. Louis, Mo., gave an oral commitment to coach Geno Auriemma and the Huskies Sunday. She chose UConn over Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, and Notre Dame after taking an official visit to Storrs this weekend.
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Daniel Hamilton Wants DeAndre Daniels Back at UConn, Plans to Sign His Letter of Intent

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NEW YORK — UConn recruit Daniel Hamilton believes the Huskies could make a run toward defending their NCAA championship if his friend DeAndre Daniels returns for his senior season.

“We’ll be able to have another chance at a run if he comes back,” the 6-foot-7 Hamilton said after going for 10 points in 11 minutes for the West team in Friday’s Jordan Brand Classic at Barclays Center. “We’ll be that much better, because he’s a force. A lot of power forwards can’t guard him at that position, because he can put it on the floor and he can shoot, so it’s hard to guard him.”

Daniels helped his NBA stock during UConn’s title run, but is still projected as a 2015 pick by UConn coach Kevin Ollie met with Daniels last week, but no decision has been announced.

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Recruit Durr considering her options

By Carl Adamec

The recruiting process for Asia Durr is still very much a work in progress.

Durr — a 5-foot-10 junior guard from Douglasville, Ga., and the top recruit in the Class of 2015 — is working on coming up with a final list of five schools she will consider. Her father, Terry, has said one of her official visits would be to UConn. She has not yet scheduled any visits.
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Team USA to hold September camp

By Carl Adamec

About an hour after leading his University of Connecticut women’s basketball team to its ninth national championship on April 8, Geno Auriemma was asked about his next job.

Auriemma will guide the United States senior national team as it seeks a second straight gold medal at the FIBA world championships will be held in Ankara and Istanbul, Turkey, Sept. 27-Oct. 5.
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2015 AAC tournament at Mohegan Sun Arena

By Carl Adamec

The American Athletic Conference made it official Thursday as commissioner Mike Aresco announced the 2015 AAC women’s basketball tournament will be held at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn.

“The American Athletic Conference and its member institutions are excited to return to a venue that demonstrated tremendous support for our women’s basketball tournament,” Aresco said in a statement. “Attendance was outstanding, the facility is first-rate, and the Mohegan Sun staff provided a great experience for our student-athletes, coaches and fans, who we know will enjoy a return visit next year.”
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Daniel Hamilton Wants Good Friend DeAndre Daniels to Stay at UConn

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NEW YORK – Daniel Hamilton is long and lanky — almost as if he has been stretched out with a rolling pin — which is an asset that one cannot teach.

He is also the star of the NCAA champion UConn Huskies’ 2014 recruiting class.  As the eighth ranked shooting guard in the country, Hamilton is the only UConn recruit on ESPN’s Top 100 list (30th) and the only member of the class invited to New York this week for the Jordan Brand Classic.   And even though Hamilton has not formally signed a Letter of Intent, UConn fans should not be worried.

“I’m most definitely going to go to UConn— 100 percent,” Hamilton said after practice Wednesday afternoon at Basketball City in Manhattan. “I’m real anxious [to get out to UConn] , especially after they won that championship.”

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