Kevin Ollie landed his first commitment as head coach of the Connecticut Huskies basketball program. It was big, both literally and figuratively.
Amida Brimah, the 6-foot-11 center, committed to the Huskies early Monday morning after an official visit to Storrs.
“I will be playing college basketball at (the) University of Connecticut,” Brimah tweeted.
Brimah is from Miami and has a 7-6 wingspan; he is in the Class of 2013 and comes from Archbishop Coleman Carroll High and was originally a native of Ghana. Brimah could be a difference maker immediately for the Huskies.
“He’s got huge upside,” said his high school coach Juan Hernandez. “Unlike some of the American kids who’ve been playing since they were little kids, he pretty much picked up the game 4-5 years ago. His ceiling is a lot higher than others. He’s got a huge motor, he’s an extremely enthusiastic kid. He works unbelievably hard.”
Brimah recently posted his fourth triple double of the season on January third when he dropped 18 points, 15 rebounds and 13 blocks on Charlotte High.
According to Hernandez, Connecticut assistant coach Hobbs noticed that the big man was adept at working with ball screens.
“(Hobbs) said, ‘(Your team) runs a lot of ball screens, similar to what Coach Ollie does,’” Hernandez said. “’He’d fit right into what we’re running.’”
His parents still live in Ghana and he lives with a legal guardian in Miami. Brimah will attend tonight’s game between UConn and Louisville and should be a great center for the Huskies in the future.