Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. … It looks like good news for UConn: Kentan Facey is in the fold.
“It’s official!” Facey said, via his twitter feed late Wednesday might. Later clarifying, he said meant he had signed and submitted his letter of intent to attend UConn next season.
“Extremely thankful for God did, is doing and will do for me,” Facey tweeted on Thanksgiving morning.
Facey, 6-foot-9, who plays at Long Island Lutheran, committed to UConn hours after making an official visit in August. When Jim Calhoun retired, he said he would honor his commitment if Kevin Ollie was the coach. There was some consternation out there when Facey did not sign right away, when the signing period began last week, but UConn folks remained confident on this front. One imagines all bets are off if Ollie is not the coach beyond this season, but that bridge can be crossed later.
Both of UConn’s commits – Facey and guard Terrence Samuel from Brooklyn – now say they have signed. UConn coaches have been out of the office, getting home Wednesday afternoon from the Virgin Islands. Once they are back and able to process the letters, they are free to comment on players who have signed LOI’s.
It’s been a tough couple of weeks for UConn on the recruiting trail, with Noah Vonleh (Indiana) and Brandon Austin (Providence) choosing to go elsewhere – there was a lot of optimism, in particular, about landing Austin. Now it’s back to the trail in search of a scoring guard and another big to go with Facey.
Facey and Samuel, coincidentally, will play each other on Saturday on Long Island at a scrimmage between LI Lutheran and South Shore High. I may try to check that out, if UConn’s practice schedule allows.