UConn’s finances run in the red in AAC

John F. Silver

UConn is a power school without a power home.

The Huskies have won national championships in men’s and women’s basketball in the last two years, are upgrading hockey to Hockey East and generally are considered on the on deck circle of Power 5 status.

But what does that mean?

UConn’s spending like a Power 5 school, but with revenue streams that are drying up and no lucrative TV rights fees to come, the gap between the Power 5 and the rest continues to grow.

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5 questions with USA Basketball’s Carol Callan

By Carl Adamec

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Carol Callan has been the Women’s National Team Director for USA Basketball since 1996. In that role, she is responsible for all USA Basketball women’s team programs, including competitions, trials, training camps, and serves as a liaison to women’s competition committees.

During USA Basketball’s U-16 national team trials at the United States Olympic Training Center, Callan took time out to answer five questions.
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Espinoza-Hunter named to USA U-16 team

By Carl Adamec

After four days of trials for USA Basketball’s U-16 national team, Andra Espinoza-Hunter will get on a plane late Monday and study for her final exams at Blair Academy.

On the court, the University of Connecticut’s Class of 2017 commit passed one of the toughest tests of her young career.

Espinoza-Hunter was named to the 12-player U-16 squad Monday morning at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. Team USA will return to the USOTC next month for a training camp before heading to Puebla, Mexico, for the for the FIBA Americas U-16 tournament that will be held June 24-28.
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Notebook: Freshman DeCosta’s star rising

By Carl Adamec

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Two of the best high school players in the last decade — Jacki Gemelos (Class of 2006) and Chelsea Gray (Class of 2010) — came out of St. Mary’s of Stockton, California.

The Rams may have their next standout in freshman forward Aquira DeCosta.

“I don’t know much about them but it always seems like that I’m compared to them,” DeCosta said Saturday. “I know from Coach (Tom) Gonsalves that they were great players so it’s nice to hear. But I’m still young. It keeps me humble and keeps me wanting to play well.”

DeCosta, considered to be among the top players in the Class of 2018, helped St. Mary’s to the California open division state championship in March. She was one of 35 players to earn an invitation to USA Basketball’s U-16 national team trials, which continue Sunday at the United States Olympic Training Center.
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U-16 invitee Boothe stays true to herself

By Carl Adamec

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Rellah Boothe admits she’s nervous when she’s about to take the court with her Potter’s House Christian girls basketball team.

But on the bus ride to a game against national-power Blackman High of Murfreesboro, Tennessee — which featured five Division I players including UConn Class of 2016 commit Crystal Dangerfield and Class of 2015 Tennessee signee MeMe Jackson — last Nov. 28, Boothe felt a calm come over her.

“You know what? I just knew we were going to beat them,” Boothe said Saturday. “On the way over I went to my coach and said, ‘I’m ready. I’m ready to play this game.’ We had heard they had all these good players and we wanted to show them that we could beat anyone. Anyone can get beat. UConn can get beat.”
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Richards’ play can take your breath away

By Carl Adamec

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Deauzya “DiDi” Richards would play basketball 24/7 if she could. But after the final session of the day at USA Basketball’s U-16 national team trials Friday, she was looking forward to a good night’s sleep.

“The altitude is killing me,” Richards said with a smile. “I did more running than I usually do to get ready. I worked out more than I usually do. I was doing two-a-days like every single day. I talked to (fellow Texans and 2014 U-17 gold medalists) Nancy Mulkey and Joyner Holmes about how to get used to it and they gave me some ideas. Still …”

But when Saturday’s morning’s first session arrived, Richards was attacking the basket on offense and wreaking havoc on the defensive end.
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Connecticut players fitting in on U-16 stage

By Carl Adamec

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Meaghan O’Hara faced some of the best competition Connecticut had to offer in her sophomore season with the Ridgefield High girls basketball team.

Ridgefield defeated Wilton, the eventual Class LL state tournament champion, en route to the FCIAC tournament title.

But O’Hara and Stamford resident McKenna Frank are on a national stage here as they are among the 149 players taking part in USA Basketball’s U-16 national team trials at the United States Olympic Training Center.
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