Time goes by fast. As UConn prepares to say goodbye to Kely Faris, Caroline Doty and Heather Buck, and welcome Saniya Chong of Ossining High next season, thoughts are also on the Class of 2014.
The Huskies have received verbal commitments from three guards, Courtney Ekmark of Phoenix, Gabby Williams of Nevada and Sadie Edwards of Meriden, Conn.
And Saturday, Ekmark was sitting in the stands with her mother, watching her father – and high school coach – Curtis lead the Purple Team in the 2013 WBCA High School All-America game.
It’s very likely Ekmark, who led St. Mary’s of Phoenix to a national title, will play in the game next year.
“I’m just so excited for the future,” she said as she watched the WBCA teams warm up. “I can’t wait and I hope to play for them some day in the Final Four.”
Ekmark is not allowed to have any formal contact with the UConn players and staff per NCAA rules. So she has spent her time shopping with her mother and seeing the sights of New Orleans and going to some WBCA functions.
Ekmark is thrilled with the core of guards UConn has assembled.
“I think we are going to be really good,” she said. “I’ve never seen Gabby or Sadie play, but I’ve heard so many good things about them.”
Ekmark says she will do all she can this weekend to observe.
“I just want to soak it all in,” she said. “I just want to see how hard and how fast they play. I need to make sure I play that fast, as well.”