COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Before joining Geno Auriemma's coaching staff at the University of Connecticut, Chris Dailey spent two seasons as an assistant at her alma mater Rutgers.
During her first year under Theresa Grentz, Dailey recruited a player from upstate New York named Michelle Bain, who would eventually turn down the Scarlet Knights.
Some 35 years later, Dailey is getting a second chance as the Huskies are recruiting Bain's daughter -- Cameron Brink.
"It is funny," Brink said with a laugh. "She did tell me stories about my mom."
Bain would go on to Virginia Tech and was roommates with Stephen Curry's mother, Sonya. She is the Godmother to the Golden State Warriors star. Curry's father, former NBA player Dell, is Brink's Godfather.
Brink, whose father, Greg, also played at Virginia Tech, is making quite a name for herself on the court. The 6-foot-4 forward from Beaverton, Oregon, is rated the No. 1 player in the Class of 2020 by ESPN Hoopgurlz.
She made a bid to make her first USA Basketball national team this weekend as trials for the U-17 team wrapped up Sunday at the United States Olympic Training Center. Finalists for the 12-player squad that will play in the FIBA U-17 World Cup in Minsk, Belarus, in July will be announced Monday.
A year ago, she was among the final cuts for the 2017 U-16 team.
"That's been motivation," Brink said. "I definitely conditioned harder before I came here and arrived more prepared. I've tried to play here with more enthusiasm and hard work. I've been determined to keep running as fast as I can up and down the court."
Brink was Oregon's 2018 Gatorade Player of the Year as she averaged 17.0 points, 10.5 rebounds, and 2.7 blocked shot to lead Southridge High (28-1) to the Class 6A state championship.
She played through an ankle injury in the state tournament and had 10 points and nine rebounds in the final -- a 46-27 win over Benson.
"I got stronger in the last year," Brink said. "I used to weigh less and didn't have much muscle on me. Having more strength helped me with my post game. But also I developed my mid-range shot."
Brink was also part of Southridge's 2017 state championship team, and she won a state title with the volleyball team her freshman year.
"I do lose sometimes," Brink said with a smile. "It's a blessing, honestly. I love my teams and hopefully we can repeat next year in basketball."
With 18 months to go before she can sign a letter of intent, the recruiting process is on the back burner. She has taken a number of unofficial visits, including a journey east to UConn and South Carolina last November.
"I like watching practices to see what they're like and how the players communicate with each other," Brink said. "I like seeing the campus.
"But it's still so early that I'm not going to worry about it. I'm focused on becoming a better player."
UConn's Dailey hopes she can improve to the .500 mark with Brink's family.
According to Oregon coach Kelly Graves, the Ducks and UConn are talking about putting together a nationally-televised home-and-home series.
A series would not begin before the 2019-20 season as the Huskies' non-league schedule for the coming year is booked.
UConn leads the series with Oregon 3-0, but the first two wins came when the Ducks were coached by Paul Westhead. The only meeting with Graves at the helm came in the 2017 NCAA Bridgeport Regional final at Webster Bank Arena with the Huskies rolling 90-52 win. It was the final victory in UConn's record 111-game winning streak.
For Oregon, it was its first Elite Eight appearance. The Ducks returned to the regional finals last March but lost to eventual national champion Notre Dame.
Paige Bueckers became a star during the 2017 U-16 trials and FIBA U-16 Championships where Team USA won the gold medal. She's looked better than ever at the U-17 trials.
"I think I got stronger, and as the game progresses girls get stronger and girls get bigger," Bueckers said. "And last year I would score on drives or behind the 3-point line and I think that I've stepped up my mid-range game. Defending is something I am working hard to improve."
The 5-foot-11 point guard from Eden Prairie, Minnesota, averaged 22.4 points, 6.8 rebounds, 6.4 assists, and 4.1 steals as a sophomore at Hopkins High School. She was Minnesota's Gatorade Player of the Year and has a scholarship offer from UConn.
"It was a roller coaster ride, different than my first two years of high school ball," Bueckers said. "We had some adversity. But I enjoyed it."
The one sore spot besides an injured ankle that sidelined her for two weeks -- Hopkins and Bueckers lost in the state championship game for the third straight year.
While she was being interviewed Saturday, U-17 coach Carla Berube joined in. The discussion turned to Berube's record in her final three seasons as a player at Oxford High in Massachusetts (73-1, two state championships) before she went to play for Auriemma at UConn and Bueckers' tough luck in title games.
"You've got to learn how to win," Berube said, and then she walked away.
Somewhere in his office in Storrs, Connecticut, a Hall of Fame coach was smiling.