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Promising recruit Amida Brimah didn't wait long after arriving at UConn for an official visit to make a verbal commitment.
On his first full day, Brimah, a 6-foot-11, 210-pound center from Miami, informed the UConn coaching staff Sunday that he wants to be a Husky. He traveled to Connecticut on Saturday night.
Brimah tweeted the news on Monday.
"I will be playing college basketball at the University of Connecticut#blessed," Brimah wrote.
UConn targeted Brimah, who attends Archbishop Carroll High School in Miami, during the recruiting process and made signing him a priority.
"He said he was very comfortable when he got there," Archbishop Carroll coach Juan Hernandez told the New Haven Register. "He always got along very well with the coaches. They've got a good history with the big guys.
"His biggest thing is having the opportunity to play in the NBA at some point. One of the criteria was getting him prepared for that, from a playing standpoint and an exposure standpoint."
Brimah, a native of Ghana, attended UConn's game against top-ranked Louisville Monday at the XL Center in Hartford. He's considered a strong shot blocker with raw offensive skills. La Salle, South Carolina and Florida International also were in the running.
"He's just a great kid, an extremely hard worker," Hernandez said. "He's very, very dedicated. He's focused. I'm not surprised at all about the success he's had … or is going to have in the future."
Brimah is the third member of coach Kevin Ollie's first recruiting class, joining guard Terrence Samuels of South Shore High School in Brooklyn and Kentan Facey, a 6-9 forward from Long Island Lutheran.
Another frontcourt recruiting target attended Monday's game. Paschal Chukwa, a 7-footer from Fairfield Prep, sat behind the UConn bench. He's a member of the Class of 2014.
- Gavin Keefe