Friday, October 30, 2009

The 2009-10 Preseason AP Poll was released today:


Do I even need any commentary?? I mean, what would I say that hasn't already been said (twice)??

Thursday, October 22, 2009

The Most Shocking News of the Day!!

The defending National Champions were picked to win the 2009-10 Big East Conference Regular Season Title in a poll voted on by the league coaches today at Big East Media Day. Connecticut was the unanimous choice by the coaches. Connecticut's Maya Moore was selected as the 2009-10 Preseason Big East POTY and Notre Dame's Skylar Diggins was picked as the 2009-10 Preseason Big East FOTY. Twelve players were named to the 2009-10 Preseason All Big East Team including Connecticut's Moore, Tina Charles, and Tiffany Hayes (Kalana Greene was named an honorable mention).

2009-10 Preseason Big East Poll:
1. Connecticut 225 (15)
2. Notre Dame 210 (1)
3(t). DePaul 171
3(t). Louisville 171
5. Pittsburgh 167
6. Rutgers 156
7. Syracuse 126
8. Georgetown 124
9. West Virginia 121
10. Marquette 111
11. South Florida 86
12. St. John's 84
13. Villanova 78
14. Seton Hall 33
15. Providence 31
16. Cincinnati 26

( ) - Indicates first-place votes

2009-10 Preseason BIG EAST Honors:
Player of the Year:
Jr. F Maya Moore, Connecticut (not being unanimous is baffling to me!?!)
Freshman of the Year:
Fr. G Skylar Diggins, Notre Dame*

2009-10 Preseason All-BIG EAST Team:
Sr. G Ashley Bartow, Notre Dame
Sr. C Tina Charles, Connecticut*
So. F/C Keisha Hampton, DePaul
So. G Tiffany Hayes, Connecticut
Sr. F Nicole Michael, Syracuse
Jr. F Maya Moore, Connecticut*
Sr. G Deirdre Naughton, DePaul
Jr. G Liz Repella, West Virginia
Jr. G Angel Robinson, Marquette*
Sr. G Kahla Roudebusch, Cincinnati
Sr. G/F Lindsay Schrader, Notre Dame
So. F Da'Shena Stevens, St. John's

* - unanimous selection
{an extra member was added to the preseason team due to tie in the voting}

2009-10 Preseason All-BIG EAST Honorable Mention:
Jr. G Deseree Byrd, Louisville
RSr. G/F Kalana Greene, Connecticut
Sr. G Brittany Ray, Rutgers

Monday, October 19, 2009

More Bittersweet (Recruiting) News!

As our heart continue to be filled with sadness over the loss of UConn Football Star Jasper "Jazz" Howard, one of the Top Point Guards in the country is helping round out UConn's 2010 recruiting class quite nicely. Today 5'10 Sr. PG Bria Hartley (North Babylon H.S., NY) verbally committed to becoming the 5th member of this year's class.  Hartley was on campus this weekend on her official visit and took in UConn's First Night and first official practice. Welcome to Storrs, Bria!!

Now the Huskies await word from the #1 Player in the 2010 class, 6'3 Sr. PF Chiney Ogwumike (Cy Fair H.S., TX), who attended UConn's first practice this weekend on her official visit to the Storrs campus. Ogwumike's top 3 are Connecticut, Notre Dame, and Stanford, but Stanford has been rumored to be her landing spot ever since her older sister, Nneka, signed to play there in 2007. She will make an official visit to Stanford this coming weekend. (As a freshman, Nneka [a Top 5 recruit in the 2008 class] quietly came away with 13pts. & 12rebs. against UConn at the 2009 Final Four, but NOW she is a Sophomore this season and you WILL notice her when UConn plays Stanford at the XL Center [Hartford, CT] on Dec 23rd, 2009).

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Bitter-sweet (Recruiting) News amist Tradegy:

Early today the UConn family, campus, and community lost a very special member of its family.  Starting CB for the UConn Football team, Jr. Jasper Howard sadly became UConn campus' first homicide in over 30 years after losing his life early this morning outside the UConn Student Union after suffering stab wounds in an altercation around 12:30am. As a UConn Alumni, I am even more devasted by this loss to our tiny little community and pray his assailant is captured quickly and brought to justice. My thoughts and prayers go out to Jazz's family and unborn child.

[The UConn Police and Connecticut State Police Major Crime Unit continue to actively investigate this incident and ask that anyone with information pertaining to the incident contact UConn Police at 860-486-4800.]

Fast-forward to 10:30pm for the only good news of the day: while UConn Women's Basketball team awaits the decision of two of the top-ranked uncommitted players of the 2010 class, the Huskies received their first verbal commitment for the 2011 class today. H.S. Junior 6'0 SF Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, Mater Dei H.S. (CA), is ranked as the #1 overall player in the Blue Star rankings and #2 overall (#1 wing) in the ESPN HoopGurlz Super 60.