October 30, 2011

CT Guard Hearing from UConn

After establishing a name for himself at the Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions last May, an event that was on the verge of not even happening, college coaches from around the country began to take note of Kahari Beaufort.

A 2014 6-foot-3 shooting guard out of East Hartford High School in Connecticut, Beaufort had never heard from any colleges, whether it be letters, minimal interest, or anything, during his freshman year of high school. Now a sophomore, he is one of the most highly touted sophomores in the Northeast.

An innovative, long guard who can become a scoring machine at times, Beaufort will run with the New England Playaz on the AAU trail this spring. While he currently needs to establish a much more consistent pull up jump shot, the Connecticut native uses his body to his advantage. He uses his body to get to the rim, but has the ability to shoot from long range. His defense needs work, but with his body, he has the ability to make a very tough matchup going against smaller ball handlers on offense.

Currently, Beaufort claims two offers from "Miami and Baylor." Along with those scholarships, he is drawing interest from, "Boston College, Boston University, West Virginia, Kansas, St. John's, Missouri, Massachusetts, Tulane, Providence, St. Joe's, UConn, Indiana, Fairfield and Syracuse."

While he does not receive as much attention as he would like in Connecticut, his home state does have one very good benefit to it. Beaufort is a constant visitor at UConn and has established a great relationship with the staff. In fact, he took an unofficial visit to the Storrs campus for Midnight Madness in October, and could make a return appearance soon.

"It was great," he said. "I met all of the players and got a chance to catch up with the coaches. Kevin Ollie is a good guy and I know his son well. They are really nice people."

Although the Huskies have a location advantage, look for Kahari Beaufort to seriously consider Baylor and Miami, among other schools. While the recruiting process, along with the mainstream media attention, is very new to him, he is taking it one day at a time and has the right mindset.

"I'm just trying to make family proud on and off the court," he smiled.

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