UCONN WBB : Freshman Focus – ” The Next Wave”

 

 

Three Freshmen

pic courtesy of www.courant.com

 

{ Question below is from Interview Coach Bill did with Geno Auriemma in November of 2015 }

Geno I saw your athletics website released a Bio on each of the 3 recruits you signed for the 2015 class, I have not seen anything with thoughts from you on the kids. Would you care to share maybe a quick evaluation on Katie Lou, Napheesa & De’janae… and if there are any of your former players that they might remind you of ?

GENO  : ” I think its too early to tell, I think you’ll be able to get a better idea once they get here and you can see them everyday and see what their makeup is and see what they can do… every kid that we recruit is great , every kid that has ever signed with Connecticut is phenomenal , every kid that has decided to come to Connecticut is the best player I have ever seen and then that ends like October 15th cause they suck ( laughs ). Its like that every year because these kids that come out of  h.s.  all come out with big hype,  so you have to be careful that you don’t put too much stock in the new guys that are coming in. so all you can do is evaluate what is their potential , like what could they be if all things go well… and Katie Lou, we have one of the best shooters in the country from Mater Dei and that is where Kaleena  went to school.  I would say Katie Lou is a shooter that is at the same level that Kaleena is except that she is 6’3″, so that in of itself is something that very few people in the country are gonna have . “

” Napheesa Collier , you know her motor goes all the time, this kid is one of the most active, energetic , efficient players that I have seen in a long time. Very few h.s. kids you see block a shot at one end , then Offensive rebound at the other end and lay it up on the same possession. Most kids don’t work that hard, this kid is relentless. And then De’Jenae is kind of sneaky. You don’t notice her as much until all of a sudden she is up around the rim rebounding the ball , makes a good pass to someone cutting for a layup, knocking down a shot from 17-18 feet..and getting out in the passing lanes because she is so long .  They all have the potential to be really good players here, and all 3 of them are long which given what we have now and what those guys will bring could change the look of our team significantly for next year no question. “

 

 

 


 

 

KATIE LOU SAMUELSON

 

 

Katie Lou Samuelson
33 – Katie Lou Samuelson
Class:
Freshman
Hometown:
Huntington Beach, Calif.
High School:
Mater Dei
Height:
6-3
Position:
Guard/Forward

 

 


 

 

De’JANAE  BOYKIN

 

 

De'Janae Boykin
35 – De’Janae Boykin
Class:
Freshman
Hometown:
Springdale, Md.
High School:
Charles H. Flowers
Height:
6-2
Position:
Forward

 

 

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NAPHEESA COLLIER

 

 

Napheesa Collier
24 – Napheesa Collier
Class:
Freshman
Hometown:
O’Fallon, Missouri
High School:
Incarnate Word Academy
Height:
6-1
Position:
Guard/Forward




 

 


 

UConn Freshmen Samuelson, Collier, Boykin Getting Acclimated

http://www.courant.com/sports/uconn-womens-basketball/hc-uconn-women-freshmen-geno-golf-0623-20150622-story.html

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Freshmen getting crash course on life at UConn

http://elmcitytoeaglevillenhr.blogspot.com/2015/06/freshmen-getting-crash-course-on-life.html

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2 Comments

  1. I love all the information you are sharing regarding the new freshmen. I can’t wait to see the in action and watch them grow over the next 4 years .

  2. Good to finally see info on the freshman #gouconn

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