March 21, 2013
STORRS --- Kentan Facey, a 6-9 forward who has signed a National Letter of Intent with UConn and will be a freshman in the fall of 2013, has been named the Gatorade State Player of the Year in New York.
Facey (Glen Head, N.Y.), who attends Long Island Lutheran High School in Brookville, N.Y., has led the Crusaders to a 24-2 record by averaging 14.5 points, 12.2 rebounds, and 3.8 blocked shots per game. Long Island Lutheran is ranked No. 1 in the New York State Sportswriters Association Class AA rankings. Friday, the Crusaders will compete in the semifinals of the Class AA New York Federation Tournament of Champions against Abraham Lincoln High of Brooklyn.
Facey, born and raised in Trelawny, Jamaica, has also distinguished himself off the court, volunteering to help out with youth basketball programs and a Hope for Haiti benefit at his school.
"Kentan has a relentless motor on the court," UConn coach Kevin Ollie said after Facey signed his LOI. "He is someone who can come in here and be a solid rebounder, who will pursue the basketball every time, up and down the court. Plus, he's a fabulous young man. I can't wait to coach him."
Facey becomes the second consecutive UConn recruit to win the Gatorade State Player of the Year in New York, following current UConn freshman Omar Calhoun (Brooklyn, N.Y.).