The expectation in UConn country is that every season should produce a national championship for the UConn women's basketball team. These past three seasons, the Huskies have lived up to those absurd standards.
Based on how recruiting is going, Geno Auriemma and his staff have put themselves in good shape to make good on those expectations. The Huskies will be welcoming a very strong recruiting class once again this year. Though small—with only three prospects—the class is laden with talent. According to ESPN, all three freshmen are in the top 25 of the 2015 recruiting class.
Here is a closer look at all this year's freshmen.
- Katie Lou Samuelson: According to ESPN, Katie Lou Samuelson is the top recruit in the country, hailing from Mater Dei High School in California. The 6-foot-3-inch forward has great size and agility on the perimeter and the ability to attack the basket. Samuelson can also shoot from anywhere on the floor and score with confidence. She will help fill the void left by Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, a fellow Mater Dei alum.
- Napheesa Collier: Collier is a 6-foot-1-inch forward from St. Louis. The Gatorade Player of the Year and McDonald's All-American was rated as the No. 6 prospect by ESPN. Collier has the ability to shoot behind the arc, and her up-tempo style gets her to the rim often. Ultimately, Collier needs to better develop her shooting for her to become a next-level superstar. Right now Collier is a versatile defender, and she is consistent on offense. She also considered Notre Dame, Kentucky, Maryland and Missouri before ultimately choosing UConn.
- De'Janae Boykin: According to ESPN, Boykin is the 23rd-best prospect in the country for the 2015 class. Coming from Maryland, Boykin is a decorated athlete just like Collier and Samuelson. She was a McDonald's All-American, Gatorade Player of the Year, and a member of 2014 USA Women's Basketball U-17 National Team. Boykin is a versatile faceup-4 with a soft touch. She has the ability to shoot from beyond the arc. Her wingspan and length make her a strong rebounder with potential to be disruptive all over the court. This UConn team loses an average of 10.96 rebounds per game with the graduation of Kiah Stokes and Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis. Boykin will help fill that void.
Additionally, Georgetown transfer Natalie Butler will now be eligible after sitting out last season. The 6-foot-5 center should step in and be a force immediately in the paint. The Virginia native averaged 13.3 rebounds as a freshman. She is the first transfer in the program since 2008.