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Battle's Choice: Home, Academics, Or Uptempo
Ashley Battle isn't shy about the recruiting process.
``I love it,'' she said. ``I think it's great, but it does get overwhelming.''
The phone calls started in July for Battle, a 6-foot forward from Pittsburgh who was making an official visit to UConn this weekend.
She has narrowed her choices to UConn, Penn State and Duke, which she will visit next week. She already has visited Penn State.
``Once I see Duke I'll know,'' Battle said.
Each school has something the other doesn't. Duke, which has an outstanding academic reputation, has one of the nation's top recruiting classes with commitments from five players, including Iciss Tillis. Working against Duke is its style of play.
``The style of play that I play is the style that Connecticut plays,'' Battle said. ``That's definitely an advantage over other schools that don't run as much. I like to run.''
Penn State would give Battle the chance to remain closer to home, as well as uniting her with AAU teammate Jessica Brungo.
``All of us [on that AAU team] are like one big family, and that's exactly what I'm looking for,'' Battle said. ``Jessica signed with Penn State and she was [saying] `Come to Penn State,' and I'm like, `Well I don't know Jess, let me go through this.' ''
One thing that might work against Penn State is its campus. Battle said she liked the UConn campus and the dorms and described Penn State as darker.
Battle said she was enjoying the visit to UConn, where she wasstaying with Swin Cash.
``I'm having a lot of fun. It's about what I expected it to be,'' Battle said. ``I want to go to a big school and see new people and meet new people and have a lot of fun. I'm looking forward to college.''
Cash took Battle to the school's lip-sync contest Friday night, a homecoming weekend tradition. They were going to attend the football game against Richmond Saturdayafter the Huskies' practice.
Battle said she will likely make a decision during the early signing period in November.