The UConn women's hoops team added another weapon to the arsenal, as Kentucky F Batouly Camara has decided to transfer to UConn, according to Jim Fuller.
Camara is listed at 6-foot-2, and averaged 5.1 points-per-game and 4.3 rebounds-per-game during her freshman campaign at Kentucky. She will have three years of eligibility remaining after sitting out this upcoming season.
Camara, originally from New York, was recruited by UConn out of Blair Academy in New Jersey. But the No. 53 overall prospect on ESPN ultimately chose Kentucky over the Huskies. She will join the frontcourt in 2017 that will likely feature Katie Lou Samuelson, Napheesa Collier, Natalie Butler and fellow transfer Azura Stevens.
It is interesting to note that for most of his tenure at UConn, head coach Geno Auriemma has rarely utilized transfers to bolster the program. But in the last three years he has brought in three, with Natalie Butler coming from Georgetown in 2014, and now Camara joining Duke transfer Azura Stevens.
It seems his stance on the issue has changed in recent years, as he seemed to blame the system more than the players when he discussed it last summer.
"I don't begrudge anybody if they go to a school and say, ‘look, I made a mistake.' That's not a negative," said Auriemma. "We make mistakes in recruiting, kids make mistakes in picking schools and I think what has happened is we have a little bit more access to these kids earlier and one of the results of that is kids commit earlier. Maybe the coaches and players haven't gotten the chance to know each other very well through the recruiting process."
The Huskies lost three of the best players in program history this offseason. Replacing them will be difficult. But "rebuilding" isn't in Geno's vocabulary, and these new additions will help the Huskies re-tool with experience down the road.