Aubrey Griffin's dream has come true.
Griffin, a 6-foot senior guard/forward from Ossining, New York, made a verbal commitment to the University of Connecticut and women's basketball coach Geno Auriemma on Thursday, choosing the Huskies over Louisville.
"I just fell in love with it," Griffin said. "It's always been my dream school and I'm so happy. It's a great program and I'll be close to my family. I made a good connection with the coaches and the players. Once I left Sunday, I just had a really good feeling about it.
"Whatever role they have for me and once I find my role, I'll be good at it and I'll do anything that I can to help them."
Griffin completed her official visit to UConn last Sunday, a week after traveling to Louisville. She cancelled visits to Mississippi State and South Carolina after returning from Storrs.
She was named to the All-State team as a freshman at Ossining High but missed her sophomore season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee. She returned as a junior to average 28.3 points, 8.7 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 3.2 steals and 1.6 blocks, and was named the New York Section 1 Player of the Year and All-State.
"Aubrey is an extremely gifted athlete who has not scratched the surface of how good a basketball player she will be," Ossining coach Dan Ricci said. "In addition she is very modest which is something I love about her. UConn is getting an amazing young lady."
But even with her bounce-back high school season, it was in late May at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where she opened a lot of eyes. As an applicant candidate -- meaning she paid her own way to participate -- at USA Basketball's U-17 trials, she was one of 18 finalists for the 12-member team from a starting group of 158. It was Griffin's first national team trials.
While she didn't get a shot at a gold medal, she continued her outstanding play through her AAU summer. People noticed. In the recently-released ESPNHoopgurlz rankings for the Class of 2019, Griffin checked in at No. 33, up 23 spots from the spring.
She called her performance in Colorado Springs a conifdence booster that she will take to her senior year with the Pride. She'll now also have a target on her back as a UConn commit.
"That just comes with playing the game," Griffin said. "I'm just going to play the way that I'm capable of.
"I do feel a weight off my shoulders. Now I can concentrate on having a great senior year and winning a state championship."
Griffin's father, Adrian, played at Seton Hall and in the NBA and is now the top assistant coach for the Toronto Raptors. Her mother, Audrey, was an All-American in track at Seton Hall.
She is the third Ossining player to pick UConn. Saniya Chong graduated from UConn in 2017 and won three national championships with the Huskies. She is part of the class with the best record (152-2) and most wins in a four-year span in NCAA history. She spent the summer of 2017 with the WNBA's Dallas Wings after being their third-round draft pick. Andra Espinoza-Hunter, a former teammate of Griffin, lasted only one semester at UConn and transferred to Mississippi State last January.
The Huskies will now turn their attention to the top three players in the ESPNHoopgurlz rankings.
Jordan Horston, a 6-foot senior guard from Columbus, Ohio, who is rated the No. 2 recruit, visited with Griffin last weekend. Top-ranked Haley Jones (6-foot-1 guard, Santa Cruz, California) and No. 3 Aliyah Boston (6-foot-4 center, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands/Worcester Academy) will visit later this fall.