Junior prospect Mikayla Coombs commits to Connecticut

Mikayla Coombs came back strong from a knee injury suffered her sophomore year and now is looking forward to a future in Storrs, Connecticut. Courtesy Brian L. Morgan

Mikayla Coombs, a 5-foot-10 shooting guard from Wesleyan (Peachtree Corners, Georgia) and the No. 21 prospect in the espnW Super 60 for the 2017 class, has given a verbal commitment to Connecticut.

"UConn began recruiting me when I was in the ninth grade," Coombs said. "Through my knee injury their staff continued to recruit me, building a great relationship. I feel I can grow as a person and as a player while being in Storrs."

Coombs, an explosive and acrobatic player with a high ceiling, tore the ACL in her left knee the first game of her sophomore season. With range that extends to the arc, Coombs averaged 13.3 points, 8.4 rebounds and 2.3 assists as a junior.

Coombs also considered Tennessee, Georgia, Georgia Tech, South Carolina, Stanford, Virginia and Penn State, taking official visits to Penn State and Virginia.

"My desire to pursue a degree in broadcast journalism and my proximity to ESPN studios in Bristol will hopefully open other doors for me," Coombs said.

Coombs is coach Geno Auriemma's third commitment in the class of 2017, all guards. Lexi Gordon, the No. 28 prospect, and Andra Espinoza-Hunter, ranked 36th, had previously committed to the Huskies, who have won four straight national titles. UConn's incoming freshman class also is three-deep and is led by star point guard Crystal Dangerfield.

Recruits in the 2017 class can sign national letters of intent starting Nov. 9, the first day of the NCAA's early signing period.