UConn women’s basketball program secures commitment from Class of 2023 rookie Qadence Samuels

Qadence Samuels, a 6-foot-2 guard from Forestville, Md., announced in a Posting on Twitter that she will be attending UConn. She is the third player from the Class of 2023 to sign up for UConn, after the guards Shade of Ashlynn and KK Arnold.

Shade is ranked No. 6 prospect in the class by ESPN, Arnold No. 7. Samuels is ranked 35th in the class by ESPN.

Samuels, who dated Bishop McNamara in the Washington DC area, has reportedly received offers from Alabama, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Kansas State, Miami, State from Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee, Wake Forest, West Virginia, Virginia Tech and Pittsburgh.

In February, ESPN scouting analyst Shane Laflin listed Samuels as one of the players who “upped their stock” last season.

“Samuels runs the floor effortlessly. She slides from baseline to baseline and is a sprint threat for an easy layup on the rim or for the transition triple,” Laflin wrote. “Her confidence and depth efficiency has really improved over the past year. Her improved shot preparation has helped her in all aspects of her shooting, and she attacks elbows really well for pull-up jumpers.

“Defensively, his build and his length allow him to be a real weapon for his team. Her high school and club programs (Team Takeover) emphasize defense, and she started buying. As this becomes more of a staple, she can be a locked defender type, and her rebound will improve as she adds more strength. .”

Ryan H. Bowman