Spoke to Adam Ross, who coaches Prince Ali at Sagemont, a prep school in Weston, Fla. Ali is UConn’s first commit from the Class of 2015, and they have been focusing on that class in recent weeks.
Ali’s decision to commit to UConn was no surprise to Ross.
“He was born in the Bronx, and he grew up a UConn fan,” Ross said. “I think he’s always been intrigued with UConn.
What kind of player is Ali?
“He’s very, very athletic,” Ross said. “I would classify him as an elite athlete, and he has the potential to be an elite scorer. He has extremely long arms, he can pressure the ball defensively and he rebounds very well for his size. I think he’s going to be a great player at UConn.”
What kind of student?
“He’s a very strong student,” Ross said. “He’s a very bright, articulate kid.”
Sounds like Ali is a prototype UConn player – big an versatile, probably more of a wing type.
Ali, who attended UConn’s game against Indiana at Madison Square Garden on Friday, visited the campus on Saturday. By Monday, he was ready with his decision. “It’s been a long time coming,” he tweeted about 1 p.m., “I’ve officially committed to the University of Connecticut. (UConn).”
Ali transferred from Pines Magnet School in Pembroke Pines, Fla., to Sagemont, so Ross is coaching him for the first time this fall, and will have him the next two seasons as he preps for UConn.
Hope to have more on the newest Husky later this week.
The UConn coaches spent a lot of time at the prep showcase at Albertus Magnus in New Haven this weekend. Ollie was spotted there Sunday night, watching Jalen Adams play for Cushing. Adams, a point guard, was among the recruiting at First Night on Oct. 18.