Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Some recruiting news

Anthony McClain, the 7-foot high school senior from Washington D.C., will make an unofficial visit to the University of Connecticut on Nov. 10 for the Huskies’ season opener against Quinnipiac.

McClain is the only high school senior UConn is heavily recruiting for next year. He would likely fill the void left by current freshman Hasheem Thabeet if the center leaves for the NBA after this season.

Thabeet’s eligibility is still in question as the school awaits word from the NCAA concerning his high school transcripts for the Clearinghouse. Meantime, McClain, who was tentatively scheduled to make an unofficial visit toward the end of this month, plans to attend the opener at Gampel Pavilion.

Rated as one of the top 10 centers nationally by various recruiting services, McClain is a wiry 230-pound shot blocker currently playing for Fort Washington (Md.) National Christian Academy. He averaged a double-double for National Christian last season with 12 points and 12 rebounds.

Georgetown, Maryland and Pittsburgh are also recruiting McClain. All three teams have interior players who will graduate or may leave early for the NBA, including Georgetown’s Roy Hibbert, the 7-foot-2 junior center, who was a second team All-Big East selection last season.


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