STORRS, Conn. (April 22, 2013) --- UConn men’s basketball head coach Kevin Ollie has announced that the basketball office has received a signed National Letter of Intent from Amida Brimah, who will attend UConn and join the basketball program beginning with the 2013-14 academic year.
Brimah, a 6-11, 215-pound center, is originally from Ghana, but currently resides in Miami, Fla., with his legal guardian and is a senior at Archbishop Coleman F. Carroll High School. He joins a UConn recruiting class that already includes 6-9 forward Kentan Facey (Glen Head, N.Y.) and 6-4 guard Terrence Samuel (Brooklyn, N.Y.).
“Amida was one of the most passionate basketball players I saw during the entire recruiting period, and I fell in love with his passion for the game,” Ollie said. “He showed leadership both on and off the court, and then he was the best player in the game.”
Brimah, who has only been playing organized basketball for just over three years after a childhood of playing soccer, had an outstanding senior season at Archbishop Carroll under Coach Juan Hernandez. He averaged 16.0 points, 11.7 rebounds, and 7.2 blocked shots per game, while shooting 68 percent from the floor and 72 percent from the foul line. Brimah recorded five triple-doubles as he led Carroll to a 26-5 record and the Florida Class 4A regional semifinals.
“We think Amida can be another in the long line of outstanding UConn big men,” Ollie said. “He’s a terrific shot-blocker and rebounder. He’s obviously got to get stronger, but he’s got a chance to make an impact right away. I love the fact that he is dying to get up here this summer.”
In addition to English, Brimah speaks French and four African dialects. He expects to study hospitality management at UConn. Last weekend, he traveled to New York to watch Facey and Samuel compete in the Jordan Brand Classic Regional Game and bond with his future teammates.
“With Amida joining Kentan and Terrence, we think we have three new players coming in who can all help us,” Ollie said. “What I like best is they each have a relentless motor that just keeps going. They are excited to play basketball.”