UConn recently landed its second commitment of the Class of 2014 when Buford (Ga.) power forward Rakim Lubin announced his intention to sign with the Huskies, joining five-star swingman Daniel Hamilton and former McDonald's All-American Rodney Purvis in what's shaping up to be an impressive recruiting class for head coach Kevin Ollie.
There might still be a chance that the Huskies could still land highly touted Canadian power forward Ray Kasongo as well. Last night reports surfaced indicating that Kasongo had committed to Oregon, but then early this morning, Kasongo evidently had a change of heart and tweeted that he still hadn't made up his mind and will announce his decision soon.
Before reports of his commitment to Oregon surfaced, UConn was believed to be the favorite to land the 6-foot-9, 235 pound Kasongo, who has drawn favorable comparisons to Amar'e Stoudemire and is said to be an outstanding athlete. Kasongo was also reportedly considering LSU and Florida State as well.
While Kasongo continues to waver, UConn fans can take heart in knowing that the Huskies still have at least one new big man coming in. At 6-foot-8, 245 pounds, Lubin brings some much needed size to a program that has suffered from poor frontcourt depth over the past few seasons. He was described by his high school coach as having a great motor and good rebounding skills, but will likely not be the first to jump into the pregame dance circle.
"He's a humble kid," Buford (Ga.) coach Allen Whitehart told the Hartford Courant. "He doesn't say much, but he's a monster on the court."
Lubin had been dealing with a back injury over the past few months, which is one of the reasons why he wasn't a highly touted prospect until fairly recently. He apparently put on quite a show when he worked out for college coaches, and Ricky Moore, who was there along with coaches from Memphis, Marquette and Auburn, invited him up to Storrs for an official visit. Lubin reportedly enjoyed his stay and committed shortly afterwards.
Kasongo was also in Storrs recently for an official visit, and he was reportedly on hand for last week's ceremony honoring Jim Calhoun, along with Louisville decommit JaQuan Lyle and Maryland decommit Sam Cassell Jr. He also reportedly played pickup games against Kemba Walker, Jeremy Lamb and Ray Allen, who were all in town as well.
Update: According to Dave Borges of the New Haven Register, UConn has also missed out on Bonzie Colson, a 6-foot-5 power forward from Rhode Island who had been considering the Huskies. Borges tweeted a moment ago that Colson's coach said he'd narrowed his choices down to Florida State and Notre Dame, and would be making his final decision in the next week or so.
UConn is believed to still be in the running for both Lyle and Cassell, along with five-star shooting guard Kelly Oubre, five-star forward Devin Robinson and Houston power forward Melvin Swift. Stay tuned for further updates.