No. 2 prospect Charli Collier decommits from UConn and commits to Texas
Charli Collier, the premier frontcourt prospect in the 2018 class, on Friday shook up the women's basketball recruiting world when she decommited from Connecticut and committed to Texas.
The 6-foot-5 post player and No. 2 senior prospect in the nation had originally given a verbal commitment to Texas in eighth grade. She reopened her recruitment as a freshman and then gave a verbal commitment to Geno Auriemma and UConn last November as a junior. Ten months later, on her 18th birthday, her desire to play close to her Houston-area home officially won out.
Declaring "home is home," she announced her decision on Twitter.
"I know people will be mad at me about this," Collier said by phone on Friday. "But it's my decision."
Collier lost her dad, Elliott Don Collier, to cancer in April 2016. That summer, she was named to the USA Basketball U-17 team and won a bronze medal at the FIBA U-17 World Championship in Spain. As a junior last season at Barbers Hill (Mont Belvieu, Texas), she averaged 24 points and 10 rebounds.
Collier, whose home was spared by Hurricane Harvey, said she started to waiver in her decision over the past couple of months.
Collier's shocking announcement leaves UConn without a commitment for 2018, although No. 1 prospect Christyn Williams and No. 5 Olivia Nelson-Ododa both list the Huskies among their finalists. The early signing period runs from Nov. 8-15.
Texas, on the other hand, is expecting a surge of signatures.
Collier, who plans to major in broadcast journalism and is interested in modeling, becomes the sixth member of Karen Aston's 2018 recruiting class. Sedona Prince, a 6-7 post player ranked 12th in the class, and Joanne Allen-Taylor, a 5-8 guard ranked 56th, also are listed on the espnW HoopGurlz Top 100. Rounding out the class are Lauren Davenport, Shae Routt and Audrey Warren.
"No disrespect to UConn; they're the top team," Collier said. "I wish them the best."