After back-to-back days of good fortune in the form of a commitment from an overseas player and the addition of a graduate transfer, it seemed like May couldn’t get much better for the UConn women’s basketball team.And then, on Friday night, former Tennessee guard and the class of 2017′s No. 2 recruit Evina Westbrook tweeted a photo of herself and her family donning UConn gear.
Westbrook averaged 14.9 points and 5.3 assists as a sophomore, improving upon her 8.4 points and 4.3 assists as a freshman.Eleven days and three players — that’s all it took to change the outlook of the Huskies’ upcoming season.Polish guard Ania Makarut and former Murray State forward Evelyn Adebayo will be eligible to play immediately, giving UConn more options off the bench and potentially vying for the two open starting spots left by Napheesa Collier and Katie Lou Samuelson.
As the NCAA continues to tweak transfer rules and address how coaching changes effect athletes, it seems likely Westbrook might be eligible to play in the fall.With the addition of Westbrook, Makarut and Adebayo, the Huskies appear to have dug themselves out of the hole that was caused by small recruiting classes and the transfers of Mikayla Coombs, Andra Espinoza-Hunter and Lexi Gordon.
"When the news broke that Coombs was transferring from UConn and leaving the Huskies with just eight players, including one incoming freshman, speculation of what next season would look like for UConn flooded social media.What went wrong in the development of the 2017 recruiting class aside from Megan Walker -- the only remaining junior on the team -- and would the following two recruiting classes, which combined for just three players, come back to bite the Huskies this year, fans wondered.As if sensing the growing concern among the UConn faithful, the Huskies made an announcement.