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Top-2015 prospect Katie Lou Samuelson verbally commits to Connecticut

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2014 California Gatorade Player of the Year Katie Lou Samuelson, in somewhat of a surprise, verbally committed to the University of Connecticut on May 20.

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Samuelson (Mater Dei; Santa Ana, Calif.) a 6-foot-3 wing , chose the Huskies over Stanford where her two older sisters – Bonnie and Karlie -- play. Samuelson also had UCLA, Kentucky and Notre Dame as finalists.

Samuelson is an outstanding offensive threat with consistent range and has the ability to create her own shots off the dribble.

"I really wanted to play for Coach [Geno] Auriemma," the No. 1 prospect in the class of 2015 according to ESPN Hoop Gurlz said. "I want to push myself to be the best, I wanted to play for the best."

Samuelson averaged 26 points and 10 points as a junior last year. She will be attend the USA Basketball U17 trials, along with 50 other players in Colorado Springs (May 22-26). Samuelson played for the USA U16 team that won the gold medal last summer at the 2013 FIBA Americas U16 Championships in Mexico. She started all five games and averaged 16 points and five-plus rebounds.

Samuelson is the third player from the 2015 class to commit to UConn, joining Napheesa Collier (Word Academy; St. Louis, Mo.) and De'Janae Boykin (C.H. Flowers; Springdale, Mary.). Sophomore transfer Natalie Butler, who was the Big East Freshman of the Year at Georgetown, will play for the Huskies in 2015-16.

UConn known for getting terrific players, has the fourth ranked recruiting class in 2014. The Huskies will welcome Gabby Williams, Sadie Edwards, Courtney Ekmark and Kia Nurse to Storrs this fall.