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UConn incoming recruit Kentan Facey, a 6-foot-9 forward from Glen Head, N.Y., has been named the Gatorade State Player of the Year in New York.
Facey has led Long Island Lutheran High School in Brookville to a 24-2 record, averaging 14.5 points, 12.2 rebounds and 3.8 blocked shots per game.
Long Island Lutheran, which is No. 1 in the New York State Sportswriters Association Class AA rankings, will compete today in the semifinals of the Class AA New York Federation Tournament of Champions against Abraham Lincoln High of Brooklyn.
A native of Trelawny, Jamaica, Facey also distinguished himself off the court, volunteering with youth basketball programs and a Hope for Haiti benefit at his school.
"Kentan has a relentless motor on the court," UConn coach Kevin Ollie said in a released statement. "He is someone who can come in here and be a solid rebounder, who will pursue the basketball every time, up and down the court.
"Plus, he's a fabulous young man. I can't wait to coach him."
Facey is the second consecutive UConn recruit to win the Gatorade State Player of the Year in New York, following current UConn freshman guard Omar Calhoun of Brooklyn.
• Connecticut College junior Sam Gill placed third in the 100-yard butterfly in a time of 48.31 seconds at the NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championship in Shenandoah, Texas. He earned All-American honors.
Gll finished just .08 seconds behind second place finisher Jimmy Chapman of Kenyon College. He will compete in the 100 yard backstroke today.
• James Reyes went 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBI as Johnson & Wales held off Coast Guard's late rally and won, 10-7.
Coast Guard trailed 10-2 in the bottom of the ninth when it scored five times on five hits.
Jake Dickerson went 3-for-3, including a double, with three RBI and a run for Johnson & Wales (7-2). Ed Sella had three hits, including an RBI triple, and scored for the Bears (6-4) while Dan Sabourin had a double, two RBI and a run. Mike Massaro added two hits and scored.
Rice, Dent at Mohegan Sun
• Former Red Sox star and Hall of Famer Jim Rice and former Yankee star Bucky Dent will be meeting fans as part of the Signings and Sightings series at Mohegan Sun on Thursday, April 4. The two will be at the Bow & Arrow Sports Bar at 7:30 p.m., for a free public signing.
Connecticut Tigers' tickets
• Individual game tickets for the Connecticut Tigers will go on sale Tuesday, April 2, beginning at 10 a.m. Tickets will be available at the Dodd Stadium ticket office in Norwich, at www.cttigers.com or at (860) 887-7962.
The Tigers open their New York-Penn. League schedule on Monday, June 17 against the Lowell Spinners, the Boston Red Sox affiliate.