|Kentan Facey was one of the fastest-rising players during the month of July. (NY Post)|
Several players took their recruitments to a new level during the July evaluation period. Kentan Facey might have been the biggest one, landing a dozen new offers after a stellar performance at the Adidas Invitational during the first live session.
Facey capped a wild month on Wednesday night, committing to Connecticut following an unofficial visit.
Zach Braziller of the New York Post first reported the news, which was confirmed by Facey in a text message to CBSSports.com.
"It seems like a great situation," Facey said.
Facey reportedly had visits scheduled for St. John's on Friday and Rutgers next week, but he decided to end his recruitment after one look at Storrs. In the days leading up to the visit, it was unclear how head coach Jim Calhoun's recent biking injury would affect Facey's visit. Calhoun was released from the hospital on Tuesday, three days after undergoing surgery for a hip fracture he suffered in a fall. Assistant coach Kevin Ollie was still on campus to host the visit, though, and that was all Facey needed.
Facey, a native of Jamaica who plays at Long Island Lutheran (N.Y.), trimmed his list to 11 recently. The list also included Dayton, Memphis, Providence, Rhode Island, Rutgers, St. John's, UCLA, USC, Virginia Tech and Xavier. During the month of July, he also attracted interest and offers from the likes of Florida, Florida State, Louisville, Kansas State, Indiana, Texas and others.
The 6-foot-8 power forward is still somewhat raw offensively, but he has tremendous length and athleticism. Facey is a very good shot-blocker who runs the floor better than most players at his position. He has a nonstop motor and works hard at both ends. Facey can finish well at the rim, and is only beginning to scratch the surface of his potential.
Facey is Connecticut's first commitment in the class of 2013.