UConn women's basketball to host top recruits on Friday

Published on Tuesday, 10 October 2017 22:29
Written by Carl Adamec

Journal Inquirer

The UConn women’s basketball team will open practice Thursday at the Werth Family Champions Center.

By Friday, the Huskies will have company, as they will welcome two of the top high school seniors in the country for official visits.

Christyn Williams - a 5-foot-11 guard from Little Rock, Arkansas - will make UConn her fifth and final visit. Rated the top recruit by ESPNHoopgirlz in the Class of 2018, she is also considering South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and UCLA.

She’ll be joined in Storrs by Olivia Nelson-Ododa, a 6-4 center from Winder, Georgia. The No. 5 recruit in the class by ESPNHoopgurlz is also considering Duke, Florida State, Georgia, Stanford, and South Carolina.

Nelson-Ododa has been an All-State first-team selection the last two years. She suffered a knee injury last Jan. 31 that ended her junior season and cost her a chance to try out for the United States U-19 national team.

She was a teammate of Williams with the 2016 U-17 national team that won a bronze medal at the FIBA world championships in Zaragoza, Spain, averaging a team-high 12.0 and ranked second in rebounds (9.4) and blocked shots (1.7). She had a double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds in Team USA’s semifinal loss to eventual champion Australia and nine points and 10 rebounds in the bronze-medal win over China.

In her USA Basketball bio last year, she listed former UConn star and fellow Georgia native Maya Moore as her favorite player.

Williams, who made an unofficial visit to UConn in January 2016, averaged 26.6 points and 8.6 rebounds, as a junior in leading Central Arkansas Christian to a 29-5 record. She was named Arkansas’ Gatorade Player of the Year for the second time.

This summer, Williams was the youngest player on the United States U-19 national team that traveled to Italy and took part in the FIBA U-19 World Cup. She averaged 3.2 points and 1.7 rebounds in 8.3 minutes off the bench. Team USA - which included UConn’s Crystal Dangerfield and Megan Walker - won the silver medal.

Williams said in an ESPNW article last week that she will be ready to pick a final two about one week after her UConn visit and will announce her choice on Nov. 10. The first day of the fall signing period is Nov. 8.

With Charli Collier switching her commitment from UConn to Texas last month, the Huskies have at least five scholarships available for the Class of 2018.

The Huskies will practice each day starting Thursday through Sunday. Next Monday, coach Geno Auriemma and select players will be in Philadelphia for the annual American Athletic Conference media day.

Posted in New Britain Herald, General Sports, UConn on Tuesday, 10 October 2017 22:29. Updated: Tuesday, 10 October 2017 22:31.