It was impossible for Courtney Latham to grow up and play basketball in Glastonbury without being a UConn fan. Her parents both went to college there and her father, Matt, played football for the Huskies. Matt Latham also played in the NFL for the Seattle Seahawks in 1984.
But aside from the normal dreams most every girls basketball player has to play for Geno Auriemma, Latham put them quickly in perspective after deciding to play for Boston University.
“My parents are huge fans of UConn sports,” Latham said. “But I go to Boston University now. I love the coaching staff and my teammates. It’s a great family atmosphere.”
The Terriers are one of the three teams in the first Hall of Fame Classic this weekend in Storrs and Hartford. And even though they lost Friday to UConn and Saturday to St. Bonaventure, Latham a 5-8 freshman guard, is happy.
When Latham was introduced at Gampel prior to Friday’s game, she was greeted by big applause from the fan base sitting behind the Boston bench.
“It was nice to hear the support before going out to play the nation’s No. 1 team,” Latham said Saturday. “Our big thing was to just play hard and we did that.”
Latham helped lead Glastonbury to three Central Connecticut Conference championships and was the 2013 Connecticut High School Coaches Association Player of the Year, finishing her career with 1,220 points.
She made the CCC All-Conference team three times and was team captain in her junior and senior seasons. She the Courant’s Player of the Year as a senior.
Latham said she chose Boston University over other Patriot League and America East programs. The Terriers have started the season 1-5.
“It’s been tough, in that regard,” Latham said. “But every game is going to make the team stronger.
Latham came in the tournament averaging 8.5 points and 25.8 minutes in the first four game. She scored three points on a three in 19 minutes against UConn and was scoreless in 12 minutes (0-for-1) in Saturday’s 65-64 loss to the Bonnies.