Amida Brimah, a 6-foot-11 center from Archbishop Carroll High in Miami, visited UConn on Sunday and, after a night's sleep, tweeted to the world on Monday morning, "I will be playing college basketball at the University of Connecticut."
And, assuming he will sign his letter of intent in the spring, the Huskies will have two new frontcourt players next year. In August, they landed Kentan Facey, a 6-9 forward from Long Island Lutheran.
Brimah sat behind the UConn bench for the game against Louisville on Monday night. UConn is not allowed to comment on recruits until they sign, and by NCAA rules is responsible for keeping the media away from recruits. So UConn asked reporters not to interview Brimah.
UConn, and other schools, began pursuing Brimah in November, after Noah Vonleh, an elite big man, committed to Indiana. Karl Hobbs left the team in the Virgin Island on Nov. 20 to go see Brimah, and the other coaches also made trips afterward. There was optimism of landing him even before Ollie got his contract extension on Dec. 29, but that probably closed the deal.
Brimah is a shot-blocker who could help UConn defensively as a freshman, but is said to need work on his offensive game. Facey, too, is considered a project with a major upside. Next year, they will join Enosch Wolf and Tyler Olander, who will be seniors, DeAndre Daniels, who will be a junior, and Phil Nolan, who will be a sophomore.
Khadeen Carrington, a class of 2014 point guard from Bishop Laughlin in New York, was also at the game.
The program would like to bring in one more player from the class of 2013, a guard. Travis Jorgenson of New Hampton Prep and Chad Frazier, at Gulf Coast State College in Florida, are names worth keeping an eye on.
Louisville was unable to get to Hartford on Sunday because of the fog. The team left Louisville about noon on Monday and arrived in Hartford at 2 p.m., just hours before the game.
"I don't like doing it," said Peyton Siva of the day-of-game travel. "You're sitting around all day. We came out kind of slowly, you could see that. In the second half, we picked it up."
Shabazz Napier hit the floor hard after a foul by Siva with 16:13 left in the first half. He continued to play, but was in pain and had a heavy ice pack on after the game.
"I thought I dislocated the shoulder," Napier said. "I thought it was going to pop out at halftime to be honest with you. The trainers told me I pinched something. I got out there. I didn't want to miss this game."
On The Big Stage
Omar Calhoun, who had been struggling against power conference teams, especially in the Big East, scored 20 points, hitting 6 for 9 from the floor, 3 for 4 on three-pointers, to score 20 points. "Omar played very well on the big stage," Ollie said. "He played with the passion and purpose I want all our players to have."
Calhoun, after a steal and layup that gave UConn a 27-19 lead in the first half, really let out a scream.
"We're playing the No.1 team. I just wanted to make sure I gave it my all," Calhoun said. "I could have played a little better." … UConn is now 2-7 in nine games it has played against teams ranked first in the nation. … Napier, who had 35 points and 13 rebounds in wins over DePaul and Notre Dame last week, was listed on the Big East's honor roll. … Louisville coach Rick Pitino is 12-11 against UConn, winning six of his last seven against the Huskies.