Gabby Williams gives verbal commitment to UConn

Gabby Williams, the No. 8 prospect in the espnW HoopGurlz Super 60 for the 2014 class, gave her verbal commitment to Connecticut on Friday.

Williams, a 5-foot-11 junior point guard at Reed High School (Sparks, Nev.), also had considered Stanford, Arizona, Arizona State and UCLA.

"I knew right away that UConn was the place," Williams told the New Haven Register. "I know my family was kind of sad that it was so far away, but they are going to support me anyways. I know they want to see all my games, but making choices like this, you have to be selfish. I think at Connecticut I can reach my potential; they are going to make me the best I can be."

In addition to being one of the top basketball players in her class, Williams is among the world's best in the high jump. She finished fifth in the event at the U.S. Olympic trials last summer.

Williams tore her ACL in January and missed the end of her junior season. Prior to the injury, she was averaging 28 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and five blocks. The knee injury also will prevent her from participating in track and field this spring.

Williams becomes the third member of UConn's 2014 recruiting class, joining Courtney Ekmark, the No. 7 2014 prospect out of St. Mary's (Phoenix), and Sadie Edwards, the No. 39 junior prospect out of Blair Academy (Blairstown, N.J.).

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