UConn’s recruiting class for 2014 grew by one Tuesday when guard Sadie Edwards of Meriden offered her verbal commitment to the Huskies.
Edwards, 5-10, and her mother Lisa were on campus for Monday’s selection show. She called Geno Auriemma on Tuesday to say she was coming.
Edwards went home, thought about it overnight and called UConn coach Geno Auriemma on Tuesday to say she was committing.
“It’s the happiest day of my life,” Edwards said. “I just want to say thank you to everyone who supported me and helped me get to where I am now. I’m not finished. This is only the beginning.”
Edwards played at Mercy High as a freshman before transferring to Nazareth to play for Apache Paschall in Brooklyn. N.Y. Paschall also coached Bria Hartley in AAU. Pacshall then died suddenly in January 2012.
Still, Nazareth defeated Moore Catholic, 68-46, to win the title. Edwards led the team that night with 21 points. There she played with Brianna Butler, who just completed a very successful freshman season at Syracuse.
“[Paschall] brought us all together and we all came together to play basketball and he made us love it so much more, he made us really appreciate each other more than anything and want to fight for each other because we love each other,” said Edwards, then a sophomore, that night. “We know that he’s looking down on us somewhere and he’s going to be proud of us. I think winning this game and winning this season for him, it’s everything he could want and we want too.”
She eventually transfered to Blair Academy where she played this season. Blair beat Lawrenceville in the Mid-Atlantic Prep League tournament finals, 70-53, for its third Mid-Atlantic Prep League championship. Edwards led all scorers in the game with 20 points.
“At Nazareth it wouldn’t have worked out,” Edwards told the New York Post. She also did not return to Exodus, her summer travel team. Instead, she hooked up with the Epiphanny Prince Elite Club, with whom she played last summer at the USJN/Nike National Championships.
At one point, she was ranked as high as No. 17 by Hoopgurlz and fourth at her position. Edwards, whose nickname was the Michelle Obama of Nazareth, also drew interest from Boston College, Kentucky and UTEP.
Edwards joins guard Courtney Ekmark of Phoenix in Class of 2014.
The Huskies are also recruiting a number of other players for 2014, the most significant 6-5 center A’ja Wilson of South Carolina. Wilson is apparently deciding between UConn and South Carolina.