Kelsey Bone of Dulles High in Sugar Land, Texas, the nation's top-rated girls basketball player in the Class of 2009, said Tuesday she will wait until later this summer to narrow her college choices, but that UConn has made the cut.
"Connecticut is most definitely on that list," Bone said. "I'm in touch as much as possible with Chris Dailey and Coach [ Geno] Auriemma, and I plan on talking to them again in an effort to catch up when I get home this weekend [from Colorado].
"I haven't been really focusing on the entire recruiting process lately. I've been so busy preparing for USA Basketball and a trip I'll be making to France next [with a select team]. My plan is to try and narrow things down once I return."
Bone is one of the nation's top 35 prospective high school seniors and college freshmen trying out in Colorado Springs, Colo., for USA Basketball's U-18 team that will play in the FIBA World Championships this summer in Argentina.
"I'm thinking there will be anywhere from seven to 10 on my list," said Bone, who averaged 18.2 points and 8.8 rebounds for the Vikings (35-4).
As many as 17 schools, including elite programs such as Duke, Maryland, North Carolina, Tennessee and Rutgers, have recruited Bone. She said she plans on taking until at least the conclusion of the early signing period in November to make her final decision.
Also trying out for the national team are center Heather Buck, a two-time state player of the year from Stonington High who will be a freshman at UConn this season; current UConn recruits Tayler Hill of South High in Minneapolis and Skylar Diggins of South Bend, Ind., and Kelly Faris of Heritage Christian in Plainfield, Ind., who committed to the Huskies for 2009 in March.
"Immediately after I got off the phone [after committing], I felt a lot better," Faris said. "I was relieved I had made the right decision, that I was going where I really wanted to go, and I have my senior year to just relax and play and not worry about anything."
Faris, a two-time Indianapolis player of the year, chose UConn over Notre Dame after considering Duke, Florida State, Purdue and Stanford. She led Heritage Christian to its third consecutive Class 2A state title, averaging 12 points, 8.3 rebounds and 5.2 assists.
"I've always been told to shoot more because that's not really my focus," Faris said. "I'm more of a passer, so I've been working on trying to get open more, which is not always easier when the competition gets more difficult. And I'm also working on passing and defense, the two big parts of my game."
Faris said the opportunity to be a part of a college powerhouse at UConn excites her.
"They were a lot of fun to watch last season," Faris said. "I love how they play. I love transition basketball.
"It's a team on which everyone wants to work hard for the same goal. Team orientation is what I've grown up with. I'm not interested in being an individual player. And it's clear they all want to do the best they can for [Auriemma]. They don't want to disappoint him. You can tell that's their attitude."Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun