Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis — Player Profile

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I know I’m late to the party on this one, but Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis could be the best freshman on the Connecticut campus (sorry Andre Drummond).

Mosqueda-Lewis is averaging a team-high 15.5 PPG this season. She was the top female high school player last year and has been critical in filling some of the offensive production left behind by Maya Moore.

The 6-foot tall California native is thriving in her role off the bench, dropping game-high 25 points in a big time win over No. 3 Stanford.

Mosqueda-Lewis is on a stacked UConn team (as always) and she should be a name you hear about for years to come. Wouldn’t be shocked at all if she helped head coach Geno Auriemma raise some banners from now until her expected graduation date in 2015.

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UConn 2011-2012 Projected Lineup

PG Shabazz Napier, sophomore
SG Jeremy Lamb, sophomore
SF Roscoe Smith, sophomore
PF Alex Oriakhi, senior
C Andre Drummond, freshman

Key reserves: Tyler Olander, sophomore; Michael Bradley, freshman (redshirt); Niels Giffey, sophomore; DeAndre Daniels, freshman

Kemba Walker left one year of eligibility on the table, opting to go pro, getting drafted by the Charlotte Bobcats.

Walker put up a season for the ages, but if it wasn’t for the play of his supporting cast, there’s no way UConn wins the national title.

Now the supporting class is in the driver’s seat ready to defend their title.

Napier looks to replace Walker at point. He’s a capable point guard with a knack for knocking down big shots.

But Jeremy Lamb is going to be the one to replace Walker as the go-to player. Lamb emerged later in the season and was the key to UConn’s march to the championship.

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On August 26th, UConn got a commitment that every team in the nation was trying to get. Center Andre Drummond announced his commitment via Twitter.

“It’s official I’m heading to the university of Connecticut to be a husky this year! Do I hear #repeat #huskyfam @aoriakhi34” – @AndreDrummond03

Drummond is projected as the top pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, so his stay in UConn won’t be long. Drummond will start at center, moving the 6-foot-9 Alex Oriakhi to power forward, which is probably a more comfortable fit.

Drummond joins a team full of returners from the national title team. Even with Jim Calhoun missing the first three Big East games due to suspension, look for the Huskies to be the top team in Big East this season.