It looks like Aubrey Griffin will not be the only recruit to join the UConn women’s basketball team’s Class of 2019. The program announced Wednesday that Ania Makurat decided to sign on with the Huskies.
“We’re excited to have Ania on campus this season,” UConn head coach Geno Auriemma said in a press release. “She’s a versatile perimeter player and comes in with pro and international experience. Even though she’s a freshman, I think she’ll bring maturity to the team. We think she’s going to have an immediate impact on the roster.”
The 19-year-old guard from Poland announced her decision Tuesday on her Instagram account.
“I am incredibly grateful and happy to announce that I committed to the University of Connecticut finally,” Makurat said in the photo caption. “Those who know me well, know what an incredible journey it was to reach this very moment. I can’t wait for the next chapter! ... Today I want to tell all young players in Poland that it is worth setting goals, aiming for them and believing in what is “impossible.” Work hard and believe in your dreams! Let’s go Huskies.”
With Katie Lou Samuelson and Napheesa Collier graduating and Mikayla Coombs transferring, the Huskies depth took a mighty hit. But, with the addition of Makurat, a 6-foot-1 guard, UConn gets a player that should make an impact on the court in her freshman campaign.
Makurat played the last two seasons for Arka Gdynia in the Basket Liga Kobiet, Poland’s top women’s basketball league. The incoming guard was the youngest player on her team, but still made her presence felt. She averaged 8.2 points and 3.4 rebounds per game this season, helping lead Arka Gdynia to a third-place finish.
Makurat was also able to represent Poland in the 2017 U-20 Women’s European Championship, where she averaged 9.5 points and 4.0 rebounds per game.
The Huskies now have nine scholarship players on the roster this season. It should not come as a surprise if UConn is able to add another player or two to help the team out next season. With the team pretty much set at the guard position, expect a forward to be next on the Huskies recruiting “to-do” list.
Michael Logan is the sports editor for The Daily Campus. He can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.