Commit No. 4: Quayvon Skanes, WR, Chicago

John F. Silver

UConn picked up its fourth commit and added another wide receiver to the class in Quayvon Skanes of Chicago,  

Skanes is a 5-9, 156 pound dynamic receiver who will be a slot receiver in Storrs. He committed to UConn over Northwestern and many others and had 15 offers in hand.

The Huskies went big at wide receiver last year, and now they are going for speed too. He joins Glastonbury’s Kevin Dixon as WRs in the class.

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Geno on transfers; USA U-16s take opener

By Carl Adamec

The University of Connecticut women’s basketball team has had its share of transfers during Geno Auriemma’s tenure as coach, even during the Huskies’ current run of three straight national championships.

Brianna Banks left UConn after the Huskies won the 2014 title and will use her final year of eligibility this season at Penn State. Sadie Edwards departed Storrs after seven games last season for the University of Southern California and will be eligible for the Pac-12 school at the end of the Fall 2015 semester.

But the number of highly-regarded players from around the country — including Maryland All-American Lexie Brown and three from North Carolina — who have opted to transfer since UConn walked off the court at Amalie Arena with its 10th national championship in April seems somewhat staggering.
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Commit No. 3: Eddie Hahn, S, Red Bank, N.J.

John F. Silver

UConn added its third commitment in a week to the Class of 2016 as Eddie Hahn, an athlete out of Red Bank Catholic (NJ) has committed.

Hahn had offers from Buffalo and NC State and the 6-3, 200-pound safety prospect and others of major interest.

The Huskies have three players in the class and Hahn is ranked No. 20 in New Jersey, a place head coach Bob Diaco mined last year in his home state and one they did again. If Red Bank Catholic sounds familiar, it’s the same high school that former UConn All-American Donald Brown went to.

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Espinoza-Hunter, Team USA set for U-16 event

By Carl Adamec

On Andra Espinoza-Hunter’s first visit to Mexico, her mother, Patty, got her what is now her favorite necklace.

The Class of 2017 University of Connecticut commit is back in Mexico and she’s hoping to come home with a gold medal around her neck.

Espinoza-Hunter and the United States U-16 national team begin play at the FIBA Americas U-16 Championship Wednesday in Puebla, Mexico. Team USA faces Argentina at 7 p.m. in its Group A opener.
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Brimah, Hamilton go camping

Three UConn players in Daniel Hamilton, Amida Brimah and highly-touted newcomer Jalen Adams are hitting the camp circuit this summer.

Hamilton, a sophomore, was invited to participate in the inaugural Nike Basketball Academy held from June 26-29 in Santa Monica, Calif. Brimah and Adams are also set to be a part of the sixth adidas Nations camp held July 30-Aug. 3 in Long Beach.

Here are the particulars of each camp.

The Nike Basketball Academy is the result of Nike combining its three skills academies – the LeBron James Skills Academy, Kevin Durant Skills Academy, and Kyrie Irving/Anthony Davis Bigs and Points Skills Academies — into one. The camp, to be held at the Santa Monica Airport’s Barker Hanger, brings together some of the country’s top high school and college players, where they will be instructed by some of Nike’s top athletes, including James, Durant, Irving and Davis.

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UConn men: Non-conference schedule released

John F. Silver

UConn is headed back to MSG.

The Huskies, who last played in MSG in the Elite 8 in 2014 against Michigan State, did not play in New York City for the first time in 30 years last year. That will chance as the Huskies will play Maryland at MSG on Dec. 8 in the Jimmy V Classic.

That’s just part of UConn’s non-conference schedule, which was released by the school on Tuesday.

The Huskies open the season Fri. Nov. 13 against Maine and also play Furman and New Hampshire at home before heading out to the Bahamas for the Battle 4 Atlantis.

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