It could be a 1-2 combination heard around the women's college basketball world.
Christyn Williams -- a 5-foot-11 guard from Little Rock, Arkansas, and the No. 1 recruit in the Class of 2018 according to ESPNHoopgurlz -- has scheduled an official visit to the University of Connecticut for Oct. 12-15, she confirmed in an e-mail on Monday. It will be the final visit of the five she has planned for the fall.
She will be joined in Storrs that weekend by Charli Collier, the No. 2 recruit in the Class of 2018 according to ESPNHoopgurlz. Collier -- a 6-foot-4 forward from Baytown, Texas -- made a verbal commitment to UConn last November.
Williams made an unofficial visit to UConn in January, 2016, and was also at the Huskies' game at SMU last Jan. 14 when they broke their own NCAA record with their 91st consecutive win.
She averaged 26.6 points, 8.6 rebounds, and 2.4 steals as a junior in leading Central Arkansas Christian School to a 29-5 record and the Class 4A state tournament quarterfinals. She was named Arkansas' Gatorade Player of the Year for the second straight season and was also a Naismith and MaxPreps All-America third-team selection.
This summer, Williams was the youngest player on the United States U-19 national team that traveled to Italy and took part in the FIBA U-19 World Cup. She played in six of seven games and averaged 3.2 points and 1.7 rebounds in 8.3 minutes off the bench. Team USA -- which included UConn sophomore Crystal Dangerfield and freshman Megan Walker -- won the silver medal, finishing 6-1 following a loss to Russia in the championship game.
Also in July, she teamed with University of North Carolina freshman Janelle Bailey, University of Texas freshman Destiny Littleton, and Top 5 Class of 2018 recruit Aquira DeCosta to win the gold medal at the FIBA 3x3 U-18 World Cup in China. Williams shared team scoring honors in the quarterfinal win over two-time defending champion France.
She represented her country for the first time in 2016 and averaged 11.9 points and 4.0 rebounds in 30.9 minutes per game as Team USA won the bronze medal at the FIBA U-17 world championships in Spain. Williams, a member of her school's National Honor Society, is also considering Notre Dame, Tennessee, Texas, and UCLA. She said she will start her official visits this weekend at UCLA and will then travel to Tennessee (Sept. 21-24), Notre Dame (Sept. 28-Oct. 1) and Texas (Oct. 5-8) before heading to UConn. Her trip to Storrs should coincide with the start of official practice for the Huskies. UConn will not be holding its annual First Night program for the men's and women's basketball teams in October as repairs are being done on the roof of Gampel Pavilion.
Collier attended First Night last year and announced her commitment a month later. She led Barbers Hill High to a 33-5 record and the Class 5A state tournament semifinals as a junior by averaging 23.6 points, 10.2 rebounds, and 3.0 blocked shots per game. She was a consensus All-State selection. She was invited to the USA U-19 trials in May but did not make the final roster. With the U-17 team a year ago, she averaged 5.7 points and 3.6 rebounds in 7.7 minutes off the bench.
With Collier's commitment, UConn still has at least three scholarships available for the Class of 2018.
DOUBLE DUTY FOR AURIEMMA
UConn coach Geno Auriemma will be busy on Sept. 8 when the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inducts its Class of 2017 at Springfield (Massachusetts) Symphony Hall.
Auriemma will serve as the sole presenter for Rebecca Lobo, the first of his former players to be enshrined in the Springfield Hall. He will then join former Boston Celtics star John Havlicek and former UCLA standout Ann Meyers as presenters for Tom Jernstedt.
The choice of a presenter is solely the decision of the incoming Hall of Famers and a presenter must be a member of the Hall of Fame. Auriemma was inducted in his first year of eligibility in 2006.
Lobo was a two-time All-American and two-time Big East Player of the Year (1994-95) and was the 1995 consensus national Player of the Year at UConn. That season she led the Huskies to a 35-0 record and the program's first national championship. She earned NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player as she helped UConn rally from a nine-point second-half deficit to defeat Tennessee 70-64 in the final game at the Target Center in Minneapolis. She finished her UConn career with 2,133 points, 1,268 rebounds, and 396 blocked shots in 126 games. Her school rebound record was broken by Tina Charles in 2010 and her school blocked shot record was topped by Breanna Stewart in 2016.
After earning GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-America first team and graduating from UConn, Lobo was named to the United States national team and won a gold medal at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. She began her professional career with the New York Liberty when the WNBA formed in 1997 and was an All-Star in 1999. She retired in 2003 as a member of the Sun. Lobo is now an ESPN analyst for women's college basketball and the WNBA.
"He's the only one I would ask," Lobo said in June. "He's the only one I would want to be with me on stage. I wouldn't be up there if not for him."
Jernstedt is a basketball administrator credited with guiding the NCAA men's tournament to the elite sporting event it is today. In 38 years with the NCAA (1972-2010), he held numerous leadership roles including executive vice president, while being a liaison to committees focused on officiating and television negotiations, among others. With USA Basketball, he served as president (2001-2004) and vice president (1997-2000). As one of the most influential figures in college basketball and college sports, he received the Basketball Hall of Fame's John Bunn Lifetime Achievement Award (2001) and USA Basketball's Edward S. Steitz Award (2009). Jernstedt was inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame in 2010.
SUE BIRD UPDATE
A season best crowd of 13,882 came out to KeyArena in Seattle Sunday to see Sue Bird's bid for history. But the former UConn star will have to wait another game.
Bird, who came into the contest with the Phoenix Mercury needing six assists to become the career WNBA leader, had just three in the Seattle Storm's 75-71 loss.
"It's a career record, not a one-night record," Bird said in a Seattle Times story. "Sure, it would have been great to get it. People came here to see it happen, and it would have been nice to have it happen on my home floor, but what can I do? This is how the schedule came down."
Former UConn standout Diana Taurasi, who teamed with Bird on UConn's 2002 national championship team and on four United States Olympic gold medal winning teams, hit a 3-pointer with 15 seconds left to ice the win for the Mercury.
Ticha Penicheiro owns the WNBA assist mark with 2,599. Bird will go for the record again on Friday when the Storm visit the Washington Mystics.