Thursday, May 16, 2013
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
UConn 33-to-1 Odds on Being 2013-14 NCAA Champ?
Here are the odds on some other major teams, sent to us by Jimmy Shapiro (with UConn AAC conference mates in bold):
Monday, May 13, 2013
Rodney Purvis Has Arrived at UConn
"Based off when me and my mom were driving around the campus, once we first got here, I could tell it was definitely a great family-oriented place," he said.
Purvis, who started taking summer courses today, met with Jim Calhoun this morning in Calhoun's office.
Purvis very nearly committed to Calhoun after making an official visit to UConn in September, 2011. But the Raleigh, N.C. native wound up choosing his hometown school, NC State.
At the time, rumors were rampant that Calhoun might be retiring. But Purvis said Calhoun's potential departure played no role in his decision 20 months ago.
Purvis's freshman year at NC State didn't quite pan out the way he envisioned.
“There were a lot of distractions, with me being from Raleigh, and just trying my best to adapt to the offense, things like that, that was really it," he said.
As a transfer, he must sit out this season. But he'll be the consummate teammate.
*** Also ran into Andre Drummond, who will be on campus for the next couple of months to work on finishing his degree. His first class, a health class, began today, and he'll be taking communications classes starting in June's summer class period. He also hopes to take online courses during the season.
Here's the funny thing: if and when Drummond does get his degree, UConn won't benefit from it from an APR standpoint. Why? Because he was a walk-on his freshman year with the Huskies.
Drummond was very happy with his rookie season, despite missing 22 games late in the year due to a fractured tailbone.
*** We can also report that Tony Robertson has recently earned his degree. And Taliek Brown is close, too. Neither will help UConn's APR either, however, since they left school so long ago.
*** Oh, and don't completely discount the possibility of UConn still playing at Washington this season.
Saturday, May 11, 2013
Daniel Hamilton Commits to 'Up-and-Coming' UConn Program
The 6-foot-6 Class of 2014 wing out of Los Angeles verbally committed to the Huskies late Friday night. He's Kevin Ollie's first 2014 commit and will join NC State transfer Rodney Purvis in what's shaping up to be a very talented team.
"It's an up-and-coming program," Hamilton told ESPN.com. "Me and Coach (Kevin) Ollie have a great relationship. I knew him before he got the job there. It's an opportunity for me to come in and step in and do some damage."
After an official visit to UConn last weekend, Hamilton told SNY.tv, "I can see myself at UConn."
Hamilton is the younger brother of Denver Nugget Jordan Hamilton, as well as Isaac Hamilton, who plays at UTEP. He's ranked No. 28 by rivals.com for the Class of 2014.
Some highlights of Hamilton in action for Don Bosco Prep:
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Omar Calhoun, Sr.: Omar 'Will Be Even Better Than He Was' Before Surgery
And it looks like Calhoun will have company on campus from a guy he never got a chance to play with.
Andre Drummond is planning on returning to UConn this summer to continue working on his degree, he told a Detroit sports talk radio station on Wednesday.
Omar Calhoun Had Two Hip Surgeries
The news was originally reported by the Connecticut Post.
Calhoun had the procedure on his left hip at the end of March and on his right hip at the end of April. Recovery time is 3-4 months.
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Monday, May 6, 2013
Daniel Hamilton Has a Good Visit to UConn
"I can see myself at UConn," he told SNY.tv. "Me and Coach (Kevin) Ollie got along real well. I've known him since before he was the coach at UConn."
Also interesting to note that Syracuse and Villanova will apparently be playing a 1-1-1 series with Syracuse over the next three seasons. They'll play next year in the Carrier Dome, the following season in Philly, then in 2015-16, they'll meet at Madison Square Garden.
The 'Cuse will also be playing St. John's next season. And if you're expecting Syracuse to start up any kind of series with UConn over the next few years, here's some advice -- don't. Not gonna happen.