When it comes to recruiting Connecticut talent, UConn should never miss the mark. In the case of Steve Enoch, the Huskies landed the prize. Enoch, a 6'10 senior from Norwalk, has agreed to come play at the University of Connecticut.
Enoch has just begun his senior year at Norwalk High School. He is a rising star in the recruiting ranks. Just a year ago, he was basically an unknown commodity. His stock rose suddenly after Enoch participated at the 2014 Pangos All American camp in Long Beach, CA. In an article published by the Connecticut Post, his AAU coach George Matthews said, "He went in as the No. 2 under-the-radar player. Now, he's known by everyone."
Steve Enoch has all the abilities you look for in a power forward. He has soft hands and catches the ball easy. He's shown a smooth inside-outside scoring game, is able to play with his back to the basket as well as face up. His footwork and ability to run the floor have impressed, too, and scouts and coaches rave about his desire to work hard and get better.
As his stock has risen, Enoch has drawn the eyes of several prominent programs throughout the country. According to ESPN, he's gotten scholarship offers from Providence College, Arizona State, Kansas State, Memphis, Oregon, Drexel and University of Rhode Island. Creighton and Virginia Commonwealth also expressed interest but have not formally offered a scholarship.
Being a Connecticut player, it was a necessity for UConn to land Enoch. A top prospect with the potential he's displayed simply should not play anywhere but Storrs. This is a major move by Kevin Ollie and adding a forward of this caliber will ensure that the Huskies will continue to be a national force as the last remnants of the Jim Calhoun era finally come to an end.
Steve Enoch has a lot of buzz around him and many believe he can be a star in college. Bringing in home grown Connecticut talent to Storrs fires up the fan base throughout the state, and signals to the rest of the nation that UConn takes care of their backyard.
Enoch is not yet a finished product; his game still needs seasoning. His senior season should see him improve even more, though. And if the scouts and his coaches are correct, he'll put the time in. When he gets to UConn, watch out. This kid is capable of doing it all.