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UConn women sign two of nation's top H.S. forwards

The UConn women's basketball program received signed national letters of intents from two highly-ranked high school players on Wednesday.

Ayanna Patterson, a 6-foot-2 forward from Fort Wayne, Ind., and Isuneh "Ice" Brady, a 6-3 forward from from San Diego, had previously committed to play for the Huskies before making it official on Wednesday, the first of the National Letter of Intent signing period.

"During the recruiting period for this class, we set out to find a couple bigs who could play multiple positions," UConn coach Geno Auriemma said in a release. "I think we found the two best in the country in Ayanna and Ice. As a tandem, I think they're going to give us exactly what we were looking for."

Patterson is ranked as the No. 4 overall recruit in the Class of 2022 and the No. 1 wing. Patterson, who attends Homestead High School, is on the 2020 Naismith High School Trophy Watch List and helped USA Basketball win a gold medal in the 2021 3x3 U18 World Cup.

"What's most impressive about Ayanna is her incredible athletic ability and the places she can get to on the court," Auriemma said. "Offensively and defensively, I think she's going to have a huge impact right away because those were two things we needed to address."

Brady, who plays at Cathedral Catholic, is ranked the No. 5 overall recruit in the Class of 2022 and the No. 2 post in the nation. She is also on the 2022 Naismith High School Trophy Watch List and was named the 2020-21 San Diego Sports Association Player of the Year.

"With Ice, you have the classic power player who can step out and make a perimeter shot," Auriemma said. "She can handle the ball at the high post and is very good passer."

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