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Connecticut picks up first 2015 commitment

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Geno Auriemma picked up his first commitment from the class of 2015 when Napheessa Collier verbally committed to the Connecticut Huskies, according to several reports on April 21.

Collier made her decision after visiting the Storrs campus this weekend.

“When I got on campus and I met with the athletics director and all the girls, it just felt right almost right away,” Collier said. “I went to Maryland the weekend before and this was my second visit. I wouldn’t want the other schools waiting until a decision has to be made.”

The 6-foot-1 wing from Incarnate Word Academy (St. Louis), is rated as the No. 7 prospect in her class by ESPN HoopGurlz. She also considered Missouri, Kentucky, Notre Dame and Maryland.

Collier, who was named the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association Class 4 Player of the Year, led Incarnate Word to their second straight Class 4 state title last season. She averaged 23.7 points, 10.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 3.8 steals and 2.3 blocked shots per game. Collier tallied 57 points during the Final Four of the Missouri State Championships, with 33 coming in the state title game.

Collier wasn’t the only top- junior prospect UConn hosted last week as De’Janae Boykin, Haley Gorecki and Katie Lou Samuelson joined Collier in Storrs.

Connecticut, which won its ninth national championship earlier this month, has the nation’s fourth ranked recruiting class coming in a 2014. That class includes McDonald's All Americans Gabby Williams and Sadie Edwards as well as Courtney Ekmark and Kia Nurse. All four are ranked among the top 33 in the 2014 rankings.

Point guard Asia Durr is currently the only other 2015 recruit clearly on the Huskies radar.

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