Barbara Turner had the chance at the Nike Camp in Indianapolis this summer to make friends with some of the other top high school recruits. Turner will be able to maintain some of those friendships for the next four years in Storrs.
Turner, a 6-foot forward from East Tech High School in Cleveland, gave UConn an oral commitment Tuesday night and is expected to sign a letter of intent today at a press conference.
Turner, ranked No. 8 in the nation by the Blue Star recruiting service, chose UConn over Rutgers, Temple and Southern Cal.
``My relationship with the [UConn] coaches, that was really important,'' Turner said. ``I felt really comfortable there.''
Turner is one of three players expected to sign letters of intent with UConn today, the first day of the weeklong fall signing period. Nicole Wolff, a 5-11 guard from Milton, Mass., ranked No. 4 by Blue Star, and 6-3 forward Wilnett Crockett from Harbor City, Calif., ranked 13th, orally committed last week.
``All of us kind of built a relationship at Nike,'' Turner said. ``We're all really good friends right now.''
Turner averaged 20.3 points, 19.2 rebounds, 6.8 assists, 6.1 blocks and 5.2 steals last season. With three frontcourt starters leaving after this season, Turner is likely to see important minutes as a freshman.
``Just going off my work ethic and my willingness to want to play, I think that I can step right in and play,'' Turner said.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times