Wednesday, November 12, 2014

UConn Inks Three

The University of Connecticut women's basketball team has received National Letters of Intent from three student-athletes in the early signing period, as announced by head coach Geno Auriemma on Wednesday. De’Janae Boykin, Katie Lou Samuelson and Napheesa Collier will all join the Huskies for the start of the 2015-16 season. De’Janae Boykin, a 6-foot-3 forward from Springdale, Md., Napheesa Collier, a 6-1 forward from St. Louis, Mo., and Katie Lou Samuelson, a 6-3 wing from Huntington Beach, Calif., each signed a national Letter of Intent Wednesday on the first day of the NCAA early signing period. The trio is ranked among the Top 25 in the class by ESPN HoopGurlz. Samuelson is considered the top player in the class. Collier is ranked No. 7. Boykin is No. 22. And while they will not play at UConn together for another year, they have already achieved success through their affiliation with USA Basketball. Boykin, Collier and Samuelson won the gold medal in the 3×3 competition of the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China in August. Boykin and Samuelson won the gold medal at the FIBA U-17 World Championship in Pilsen, Czech Republic in July and at the 2013 FIBA U-16 World Championship in Cancun, Mexico. Collier also averaged 14.0 points, 3.4 assists, 1.6 steals and a team-high 8.6 rebounds to lead the U.S. to the gold medal at FIBA Americas U-18 Championship for Women at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. in August.

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