Amida Brimah, the 6-foot-11 center from Miami’s Archbishop Carroll High, signed his national letter of intent to play for the UConn men’s basketball team on Monday, making him a full-fledged member of the program.
The signing was expected. Brimah verbally committed to UConn in January, when he came to visit the school and watch the Huskies play Louisville. Last weekend, he traveled to New York to watch fellow incoming freshmen Kentan Facey and Terrence Samuel play in an all-star game, a strong indication of his investment in the program. Brimah, originally from Ghana, is expected to begin classes at UConn in early July.
“Amida was one of the most passionate basketball players I saw during the entire recruiting period, and I fell in love with his passion for the game,”UConn coach Kevin Ollie said. “He showed leadership both on and off the court, and then he was the best player in the game.”
Brimah, like Facey, has been playing organized basketball for only a few years. He played soccer most of his childhood.
But as a senior at Archbishop Carroll, Brimah averaged 16 points, 11.7 rebounds, and 7.2 blocks per game, and shoit 68 percent from the floor and 72 percent from the foul line. Brimah had five triple-doubles and helped Archbishop Carroll (26-5) reach the Florida Class 4A regional semifinals. The general perception is that Brimah can be a defensive force at UConn right away, while his offensive skills will need time to develop.
“We think Amida can be another in the long line of outstanding UConn big men,” Ollie said. “He’s a terrific shot-blocker and rebounder. He’s obviously got to get stronger, but he’s got a chance to make an impact right away. I love the fact that he is dying to get up here this summer.
“With Amida joining Kentan and Terrence, we think we have three new players coming in who can all help us,” Ollie said. “What I like best is they each have a relentless motor that just keeps going. They are excited to play basketball.”