Today the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team received three national letters of intent during the early signing period as announced by head coach Geno Auriemma. Moriah Jefferson, Breanna Stewart, and Morgan Tuck will join UConn for the 2012-13 season after signing the NLI's. According to ESPN HoopGurlz and BlueStar Girls HSBB rankings, UConn has signed the top recruiting class in the country. Welcome to Storrs, Ladies!!!!
5'7 G Moriah Jefferson (Glenn Heights, TX)
Ranked the #2 Overall Player in both the ESPN HoopGurlz and BlueStar rankings. Named as a finalist for the 2011 USA Basketball U19 World Championship Team in May ... National Christian Homeschool Basketball Championships (NCHBC) Sullivan Award Winner in 2011 ... Played with the Texas Home Educators Sports Association (THESA) as a homeschooled athlete where she amassed 2,541 points, 646 rebounds and 488 steals in her career. Started competing with the THESA as an eighth grader ... Helped lead the Riders to four NCHBC Texas Region titles and four NCHBC national championships ... Started all 50 games and averaged 21.8 points., 5.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 4.0 steals per game in aiding her team to a 42-8 record. ... Averaged 17.5 points to help her team to a 42-9 record during her sophomore season ... Started in 50 of 51 games during her freshman season, averaging19.5 points to help THESA to a 42-10 record.
6'4 F Breanna Stewart (Syracuse, NY)
Ranked the #1 Overall Player in both the ESPN HoopGurlz and BlueStar rankings. As a member of the 2011 USA U19 World Championship Team, averaged team-highs of 11.2 points and 7.3 rebounds to help Team USA to a 7-1 record and gold medal at the 2011 FIBA U19 World Championship in Chile ... Shot 46.8 percent from the field (36-77 FGs) for the US ... Named to the five-member All-FIBA U19 World Championship Team ... Gatorade New York Girls Basketball Player of the Year in 2011 ... Has played four varsity seasons at Cicero-North Syracuse High School (N.Y.), where she has competed in 93 games and compiled 1,668 points, 996 rebounds, 220 assists, 219 steals and 515 blocks ... Led her team to a 22-3 record, the New York Section 3 and New York Class AA state titles during the 2010-11 campaign ... Started all 25 games during her junior season and averaged 24.3 points, 11.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 2.8 steals and 4.2 blocks per game ... As a sophomore, Stewart started in all 22 games and led the team to an 18-4; averaged 22.1 points, 13.2 rebounds and 7.2 blocks per game... As a freshman, averaged 17.0 points, 9.3 rebounds and 7.0 blocks per game to help North Syracuse to a 21-3 record and the 2A regional final. ... As an 8th grader in 2007-08, started in 20 of 23 games played and averaged 9.1 points, 8.7 rebounds and 7.3 blocks per game.
6'2 F Morgan Tuck (Bollingbrook, IL)
Ranked #9 Overall by BlueStar and #15 Overall by ESPN HoopGurlz. Named to the 2011 USA Basketball U19 World Championship Team on June 5, 2011. ... Member of the 2010 USA U17 World Championship Team that posted a perfect 8-0 record in the inaugural FIBA U17 World Championship; started five games and averaged 7.4 points and 5.0 rebounds per game in fewer than 18 minutes a game. ... USA Today All-USA second team (2010) and third team (2011). ... Attends Bolingbrook High School (Ill.), where in three varsity seasons, she has compiled 1,539 points, 652 rebounds and 97 assists and a 83-7 overall record. ... As a junior in 2010-11, averaged 20.7 points and 6.3 rebounds per game, while shooting 62.4 percent from the field and 75.7 percent from the line as Bolingbrook posted a 29-2 record, its third straight Illinois Class 4A state title and a final No. 2 ranking in the USA Today Super 25. ... As a sophomore in 2009-10, started in all 30 games played and averaged 18.2 points and 7.5 rebounds per game to help her team to a 29-1 record, the Illinois Class 4A state title and a No. 5 final ranking in the USA Today Super 25. ... As a freshman in 2008-09, started in 26 of 29 games played and averaged 18.7 points, 11.0 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 2.0 blocks per game to help Bolingbrook to a 25-4 record, a 4A state title and a No. 5 final ranking in the USA Today Super 25.