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In a few weeks, the same players will be making appearances as the St. Thomas More basketball team.
Their uniforms will change, but one constant should remain: They figure to attract a crowd wherever they play.
It was standing room only around a side court at the University of Hartford Sports Center when the Hoopsters defeated a New Jersey based team 80 78 in overtime.
The five day tournament, featuring 63 teams, concludes today at Central Connecticut State in New Britain. But the Hoopsters, who have a slight UConn connection, were the main draw for local fans.
Funches, a 6 foot 8 forward from Jackson, Miss., signed a letter of intent with the Huskies last fall and has enrolled at St. Thomas More in Montville as he tries to meet NCAA freshman eligibility requirements. Deas, a 6 5 combination guard from Albany, recently narrowed his list of choices to UConn, Florida State, Georgia Tech, St. John’s and Minnesota but hasn’t made any official visits.
I’m going to start setting up campus visits when I go back to school Monday,” said Deas, who scored 20 points in the Hoopsters’ victory. I feel a little stronger about a couple of teams Florida State, UConn and St. John’s because of what they are saying I can come in and do.
UConn told me I would come right in and fill Doron Sheffer’s spot. I see what Doron does and that’s fine with me.”
Cota, a 6 1 guard from New York, is one of the top talents at the tournament and was visited in Montville by North Carolina coach Dean Smith Tuesday, the same day UConn coach Jim Calhoun was at St. Thomas More to make a presentation to Deas.
Everybody on campus showed up, trying to get a picture or Coach Smith’s autograph,” Funches said. I guess they are used to seeing Coach Calhoun, but it’s not every day Dean Smith stops in.”
who scored 11 points and blocked several of Allen’s shots, had a key rebound to prevent double overtime, then made two free throws to secure the victory. Funches visits UConn often and said he has no second thoughts about his commitment.
I don’t think anything could change my mind about UConn,” Funches said. I’m disappointed, but maybe this will work out better. My mom told me it’s probably a blessing. Evtimov scored 13 points and was a strong presence on the court as he helped the Riverside Church Hawks to an 83 48 victory over the Albany City Rocks.
Evtimov, who left Bulgaria two years ago to seek better competition, is ranked among the top 50 seniors in the nation. He lists UConn, Pittsburgh, North Carolina, Villanova and Indiana State as his top schools. Evtimov won’t be able to make official visits until meeting the SAT score requirement under NCAA rules.
I really like Coach Calhoun,” said Evtimov, who hoped to find time for an unofficial visit to Storrs this weekend. When he made the home visit, I really liked him. He told me I can play at the next level and he will make sure he brings me there.”
Mike Babul, a 6 6 forward from North Attleboro, Mass., said he will make an official visit to UConn Oct. 14 15, the weekend practice begins for NCAA teams. Babul has visited Boston College and has trips planned to UMass, Clemson and North Carolina.
Kevin Freeman, a 6 5 forward from Longmeadow, Mass., said he is wide open” between UConn, Maryland, UMass, Rutgers,
Seton Hall and Florida State. Freeman has qualified but said he won’t sign until spring.