The Huskies closed the deal on Amida Brimah, the 6-foot-11 center from Miami they have been pursuing for a couple of months.
Brimah came to campus for an official visit on Sunday, and after sleeping on it, he tweeted this morning, “I will be playing college basketball at the University of Connecticut.”
The first commit of the Kevin Ollie era, Brimah is expected to be at the game against Louisville tonight at XL. UConn cannot comment on recruits until a letter of intent is signed. We’ll have more on this later from the arena.
Brimah, who plays at Archbishop Carroll, High, is considered a project, like most big men at this stage, but with his size alone he figures to be a significant presence next year. He’s a shot-blocker. After Noah Vonleh chose Indiana in November, the Huskies, and other schools, began focusing on Brimah. Karl Hobbs left the squad behind in the Virgin Islands to go see him on Nov. 20, and the other coaches have seen and evaluated him since.
Once Kevin Ollie’s contract was settled, things picked up and the visit was arranged.
Brimah will join Kentan Facey, 6-9 power forward from Jamaica and Long Island Lutheran, to give the Huskies much needed front-court size and depth next year, with Tyler Olander and Enosch Wolf back for senior seasons and DeAndre Daniels back as a junior.
UConn’s coaches would like to add one more player, a guard, from the Class of 2013, to go with Terrence Samuel, from Brooklyn.