Geno Auriemma and the UConn Huskies received a commitment on Thursday afternoon from Saylor Poffenbarger, a 6-foot-2 guard from Maryland. She is the first commitment for UConn in the Class of 2021, making her announcement via Twitter.
Poffenbarger is ranked 21st in the ESPN recruiting rankings, whose most recent report on her said the following:
Versatile guard brings size to the back court and a deep 3-point range offensive attack; rebounds and attacks in transition; reads the defense, utilizes screens effectively and delivers from beyond the arc; manufactures shots, rises on jumper in mid-range game; superior size, attacks off the dribble and scores in traffic; a stock-riser in the class of 2021.
Poffenbarger plays for Middletown High in Middletown, Maryland, and also played on the Team USA U16 team after making it through trials earlier this summer. She was named conference Player of the Year the last two seasons, as a freshman and sophomore, and earned area Player of the Year in 2019. She’s also been on the academic honor roll every semester in high school. According to her Team USA profile, Poffenbarger’s favorite basketball player is Maya Moore. Her mother also played Division 1 basketball, at Missouri.
A versatile guard with good size and a defensive motor is an incredible combination of skills to add to the squad. Geno Auriemma and his staff have been hot on the recruiting trail as of late, spending this offseason adding to this year’s roster, getting three great 2020 commitments, and now off to a great start for the Class of 2021.