UConn women’s basketball took a first step in addressing its lack of depth on Tuesday night when Polish guard Anna Makurat announced her commitment to the Huskies on Instagram.
Listed at 6-foot, Makurat will come to Storrs this fall as a member of UConn’s 2019 recruiting class along with Aubrey Griffin. Back in February, the Manchester Journal Inquirer’s Carl Adamec first reported the mutual interest between Makurat and the Huskies. The biggest obstacle appeared to be whether the guard’s current club in Poland, Arka Gydnia, would pay her to stay in Poland.
Makurat will be a much-needed addition to UConn’s 2019-2020 squad. After Mikayla Coombs’ decision to transfer, the Huskies were left with just eight scholarship players on the roster. Makurat increases that number to nine, which is still less than ideal but something UConn has dealt with before in 2011-12.
Despite coming in as a freshman, Makurat will be 19 years old when she steps on campus. She played with Poland in the U20 Women’s European Championship back in 2017 and averaged 9.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game in the tournament. Makurat should compete for a starting job from day one.
Makurat is the second European player to commit to the Huskies recently, joining 2020 point guard Nika Muhl from Croatia. Here’s a look at UConn’s scholarship situation moving forward:
Here's #UConn's updated scholarship situation: pic.twitter.com/hAhzAcQjxW— Daniel Connolly (@DanielVConnolly) May 1, 2019