UConn Report podcast: Alex Karaban, a highly-touted Class of 2022 UConn commit, joins the show

LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 08: Alex Karaban goes up for a shot during the Pangos All-American Camp on June 8, 2021 at the Tarkanian Basketball Academy in Las Vegas, NV. (Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 08: Alex Karaban goes up for a shot during the Pangos All-American Camp on June 8, 2021 at the Tarkanian Basketball Academy in Las Vegas, NV. (Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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Alex Karaban, a 6-foot-7 forward from Massachusetts, committed to UConn a little over a month ago. A skilled shooter and strong rebounder, he’s a four-star recruit and was recently ranked No. 5 among Class of 2022 power forwards by espn.com.

Karaban will arrive at UConn ready to contribute right off the bat next fall, but first he’s finishing his prep career down at IMG Academy in Florida.

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He’s a smart, respectful young man, as we learned in this week’s UConn Report podcast. Karaban talked about his reason for committing to UConn, his official visit to Storrs this past weekend along with fellow ‘22 commit Donovan Clingan, his friendship with Clingan and camaraderie with the rest of the current and future Huskies, his goals for this season at IMG (hint: more dunking), his “comps” as players and a whole lot more — including the interesting setting where his mom, who hails from Ukraine, and father, who is from Belarus, first met.

Considering Karaban is a future Husky, it was a pretty ironic and appropriate place for them to meet.

If you are unable to listen to the podcast above, you can also find it here.

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