Lauren Cox's volleyball season at Flower Mound High in Texas is underway.
But the 6-foot-4 senior center and the No. 1-rated recruit in the Class of 2016 will be taking care of some basketball business in the fall as well.
Cox has tentatively scheduled official visits to her five finalists -- including the University of Connecticut, her father Dennis said Friday.
Her first trip to Storrs is scheduled to start Oct. 16, which coincides with UConn's annual First Night program. It is also Homecoming Weekend on campus and the football team will take on South Florida on Oct. 17.
Cox will start her travels the weekend of Sept. 4 with an official visit to Notre Dame. She took an unofficial visit to South Bend last December and watched the UConn-Notre Dame game at Purcell Pavilion.
The following weekend she is off to Knoxville and a visit with the University of Tennessee. Two weeks later, it's a trip to Louisville. Cox made an unofficial visit to see the Cardinals late last season.
After going to UConn, she will wrap up her official visits with a road trip to Baylor on Oct. 23. She has made a number of unofficial visits to Waco.
As a junior at Flower Mound High, Cox was named the Gatorade Player of the Year for Texas as she averaged 21.7 points, 15.4 rebounds, and 5.2 blocked shots. In six state tournament games, she averaged 27.7 points, 15.3 rebounds, and 6.5 blocked shots. She had six straight double-doubles including a pair of triple-doubles as Flower Mound reached the state semifinals for the first time.
This summer, the 17-year-old was a member of the United States national team that competed in the FIBA U-19 world championships in Chekhov, Russia. She averaged 4.3 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 1.1 blocked shots in 13.2 minutes off the bench as Team USA won the gold medal.
"It is awesome. It feels great," Cox said after the finale. "I am glad that I got to share this experience with this awesome team, awesome coaching staff and everyone else that contributed. It is an awesome feeling.
"I have learned a lot. I am one of the youngest on the team, so playing with and against these older players really taught me a lot, and I learned a lot from the coaches."
The gold medal was the third for Cox. She also brought home titles from the 2013 FIBA Americas U-16 tournament and the 2014 FIBA U-17 world championships.
UConn has three oral commitments from the Class of 2016: Cox's U-19 teammate Crystal Dangerfield (5-5 guard, Murfreesboro, Tennessee), Kyla Irwin (6-2 forward, State College, Pennsylvania), and Molly Bent (5-9 guard, Centerville, Massachusetts). Irwin said Friday she will also take her official visit the weekend of Oct. 16. Dangerfield, who committed after attending First Night a year ago, has not yet scheduled her official visit.