The recruitment of Class of 2014 recruit Kia Nurse, a 6-0 guard from Hamilton, Ontario, is apparently in its final stages.
Rumors began to fly Friday afternoon after a report on a Canadian recruiting site indicated Nurse had verballed to the Huskies. Those reports were quickly refuted by various sources, including her father Richard Nurse, who told the Connecticut Post that the news was premature.
“My understanding is there’s going to be an announcement probably Monday or Tuesday of next week,” Richard Nurse told the Post. The national signing period ends on Wednesday.
However, a recruiting source said Friday that Nurse will attend Sunday’s game at Penn State and that the Nittany Lions and Huskies are her final two, although Indiana is still in the running. Kia Nurse has cancelled scheduled visits to Kentucky and Tennessee.
Nurse, a member of the Canadian National Team, the niece of former NFL quarterback Donovan McNabb and his wife, Raquel, a former Syracuse basketball player, was the youngest member of the Canadian national team that earned a silver medal at the FIBA Americas World Championships in Xalapa, Mexico.
UConn coach Geno Auriemma traveled there to watch her play. Her brother, Darnell, was a first-round draft pick in the NHL this season.
If it is true that Penn State and UConn are the final two on her list, Sunday’s game will be reminiscent of the one the Huskies played at Purdue on Jan. 6, 2008 while it was recruiting Kelly Faris.
From nearby Plainfield, Ind., Faris was torn between the Huskies and her hometown team. She was in attendance that day as UConn won, 100-50.
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