Four Star Guard Prince Ali chooses UConn

Prince Ali shown above, becomes the first recruit to commit to UConn for the 2015 class.

Prince Ali, a four-star guard from Pembroke Pines, Florida, from the Class of 2015, confirmed an oral commitment to the University of Connecticut on Monday afternoon via Twitter. "It has been a long time coming. I have officially committed to the University of Connecticut," Ali tweeted. The decision to choose the Huskies over Georgetown, Illinois, Florida, Kansas, Syracuse and UCLA, among others, came after Ali watched Napier torch Indiana for 27 points in a victory at Madison Square Garden on Friday night. Ali averaged 16.5 points for Pines Charter in a breakout sophomore season and will most likely be Sagemont’s main offensive option as the Lions chase the Class 3A state title. The 6-4, 180 lb Ali become the first player to commit to UConn for the 2015 class, per Rivals. "I'd classify him as an elite athlete," said Adam Ross, Ali's coach at Sagemont School in Weston, Florida, "and he has the potential to be an elite scorer. He has long arms, can pressure the ball defensively and he's a very good rebounder for his size." Ali, who led Pines Charter to a 22-4 record before transferring to Sagemont, was born in The Bronx and has always been a UConn fan, Ross said. Ross said he went with Ali on his visit to Storrs, Conn., the nearly 11,000-person village which is home to UConn. Ali stated he's visited several campuses, but had never seen one as nice as Connecticut's. He also added the people he met with on campus were also really friendly. 


Ali is a very athletic wing guard that can also excel at the point. Ali can simply make scoring plays with the ball in his hands. He attacks the rim on the break and can deliver the ball to an open teammate as he probes the defense with excellent feel and touch on his passes. In the halfcourt he is a quick first step slasher and finisher. Ali is a pretty good perimeter rebounder that can get the ball of the glass and start the break and is a threat to take it coast to coast if the transition defense falls asleep. Ali plays with energy, effort and a consistent motor that allows him to be a multiple position defender as well. UConn staff look to be very excited for the upcoming future, landing an explosive guard to take over the reins come 2015. Ali hopes to follow Ray Allen, Ben Gordon, Kemba Walker and Shabazz Napier as the next great Connecticut guard.

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Fabian Lyon