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2009 Recruits - Connecticut

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The best thing to happen to the UConn program, other than the win over Missouri, which advanced them to their third final four in eleven years, was for the Billy Gillispie / Kentucky / John Calipari saga to overshadow news surrounding potential recruiting violations by the Huskies program.  Facing possible sanctions from the NCAA, future UConn recruiting classes can change drastically in months to come if scholarships are taken away and/or post-season bans are implemented.  But here is the Class of 2009 as it stands today.  It follows in the Jim Calhoun traditional of trying to fill every position in each year's respective recruiting class.

Alex Oriakhi
C / 6-9 / 245lbs / Tilton, NH
Ranked #21 overall and #2 in position by Rivals.
Offered a scholarship by UConn after his freshman year.
Named to the McDonald's All-American Team. DraftExpress labels him as "solid but unspectacular" and ESPN marvels at his offensive rebounding and put-back abilities, stating that he "has the ability to flat-out dominate for long stretches in games."

Jamal Coombs-McDaniel
SF / 6-7 / 210lbs / Tilton, NH
Ranked #65 overall and #13 in position by Rivals.
Offered a scholarship by UConn after his freshman year.
Played with Oriakhi in High School.  DraftExpress remarks about the significant improvements he has made since committing to UConn nearly three years ago and ESPN discusses his versatility, as he is able to play both in the paint and on the perimeter.  Both state he needs to work on his outside shot.    

Darius Smith
PG / 6-2 / 180lbs / Chicago, IL
Ranked #113 overall and #19 in position by Rivals.
Was also considering Arizona State, Marquette, Kentucky and Missouri.
Gave a verbal to UConn on March 30th.  ESPN raves of his defensive abilities stating "he has unbelievably quick hands and reactions and specializes in stripping opponents on the dribble or with the ball in their hands."

Jamaal Trice
SG / 6-5 / 175lbs / Los Angeles, CA
Not ranked by Rivals.
Was also considering Wake Forest, West Virginia and Virginia Tech. 
Gave a verbal to UConn on December 31.  Hard-nosed, do-it-all combo guard who will contribute at both ends of the court.  Originally in the Class of 2008, he spent a year at Mount Zion Christian Academy, a post-grad school in North Carolina, before committing to UConn.