The No. 1 player in the country announced her decision via ESPN Instagram Live on Wednesday morning and signed her National Letter of Intent the same day. Oh… and it was also her birthday, making it quite the day for the superstar.
The 5-foot-11 guard out of St. John’s College High School in DC has been a highly regarded recruit from a young age. Fudd competed with her travel team GTS Fusion this past July summer circuit after recovering from an ACL and MCL tear she suffered in 2019 while competing with USA Basketball. During her sophomore season, Fudd averaged 26.3 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game.
Fudd has one of the most pure jump shots I have ever seen. She has speed, strength, and chan change direction on a time and rise up over nearly any opponent. She has a versatility to her game allowing her to play multiple positions at the guard spot, including her ability to playmake and create for her teammates off the dribble. Her mid-range game is elite level, and truly a dying art among up-and-coming players this day and age. Fudd is the No. 1 ranked recruit across all ranking sources including ESPNW, ASGR, Premier Basketball Report, Prospect Nation and others.
Fudd is now the fourth No. 1 prospect UConn has landed in the past five years. She is joined by No. 5 Carolina Ducharme (Milton, Mass), No. 15 Amari DeBerry (Williamsville, N.Y.) and No. 30 Saylor Poffenbarger (Middletown, MD) in the 2021 recruiting class. The Husky’s have not had a No. 1 recruiting class since 2012.
In the 2020 class, UConn landed Paige Bueckers, who is current a freshman for the Husky’s and also Fudd’s best friend. The pair have played together for years with club and USA basketball and have been seen working out together all over the country. This dynamic duo of consecutive back-to-back No. 1 signees puts all eyes back on UConn and their pursuit of any continued dominance for years to come.
Rachel is a basketball analyst at HERO Sports, focusing on D1 Women's hoops and the WNBA. She's a former D1 standout at Eastern Illinois University, a two-time Hall of Famer, professional basketball player and collegiate coach. Rachel also has served as a color analyst for ESPN, OVC Sports Network, Mountain West Network and numerous other outlets across collegiate women's basketball.