UConn men land another recruit, top 50 player Alex Karaban
UConn scored another significant men's basketball recruiting victory when top 50 player Alex Karaban announced on his Twitter account Monday that he committed to the Huskies.
Karaban posted: "UCONN Nation let's get to work! 10000% commit! Go Huskies."
A 6-foot-8, 210-pound forward, Karaban is the third Class of 2022 recruit to commit to UConn, joining an impressive class that also includes shooting guard Corey Floyd, Jr., of Roselle Catholic in New Jersey and center Donovan Clingan of Bristol Central.
Last year, Karaban played at New Hampton (N.H) School. He averaged 25.8 points, 8.7 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.9 blocks per game. He was named Gatorade New Hampshire Boys' Basketball Player of the Year.
Karaban, from Northborough, Mass., will attend IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., for this senior year. He plays on the AAU circuit with Expressions Elite.
Growing up in Massachusetts, Karaban followed the UConn basketball program. He fondly remembers when the Huskies won national championships with Kemba Walker and Shabazz Napier leading the way in 2011 and 2014, respectively
Karaban decided to end his recruiting process after falling hard for UConn.
"I just felt like I had that gut feeling," he said. "It just felt right for my family. I just didn't want to wait any longer and just waste other schools' time. UConn was just a perfect fit for me with their coaches."
Karaban visited UConn twice this summer, spending one trip focusing on basketball and the next one on academics.
"Everything felt like home to me during those visits," Karaban said. "And just the relationship the coaching staff had in person was awesome. ... Not only is (coach Dan Hurley) an unbelievable coach, he's just an awesome human being. I just felt like being cool with him and just having a great relationship off the court is only going to help when we get on the court."
Karaban also was inspired by the national championship banners hanging in the UConn practice facility as well as the lottery picks on display.
"It has a big impact on me," Karaban said. "I use that as motivation. I want to reach that level. I want to win championships for UConn. I want to make it to the NBA. So it's just big-time motivation seeing players who did go to UConn make it."
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