Wednesday, November 14, 2007

They're No. 22

According to Scout.com, UConn has the 22nd-ranked 2008 recruiting class in the country. The Huskies have received commitments from point guard Kemba Walker of Rice High in New York City and combo guard Nate Miles, who's currently at The Patterson (N.C.) School. Walker is rated as the third-best point guard and 23rd-best overall player in the class, according to the website. Miles is now considered a postgraduate and is rated No. 4 among postgrads. It's possible he may enroll at UConn for the second semester.

Incidentally, the top five rated recruiting classes are UCLA, Ohio State, Georgetown, Wake Forest and Louisville. Among other Big East schools, Syracuse is No. 21, right in front of the Huskies.

Check out tomorrow's Register for a preview of UConn's 2K Sports College Hoops Classic game with Gardner-Webb tomorrow at 7 p.m. at Madison Square Garden. Until then, here's an interesting bit of information: UConn and Gardner-Webb are meeting for the first time ever in the sport of men's basketball, but they will make up for their lack of familiarity rather quickly. After tomorrow's game, the two battle again on Tuesday, Nov. 20, at the Hartford Civic Center. The game was originally going to be played this past Monday, but UConn coach Jim Calhoun didn't want his team playing a game in between its two in last week's Storrs Regional and its two tonight and tomorrow at The Garden.

This will be the third time in the last seven years the Huskies play a non-conference opponent multiple times in the same season. In 2003-04, UConn met Georgia Tech twice, including a meeting at Madison Square Garden. The Yellow Jackets won that one, but UConn got revenge by beating Tech in the NCAA championship game.

In 2001-02, the Huskies played Maryland twice.

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