UConn’s Boatright Looking to Win Back-to-Back NCAA Titles; Ollie Visits Tucker, Talks Recruiting

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BoatNEW YORK — Kemba Walker won his NCAA championship as the point guard at UConn in 2011.

Shabazz Napier led the Huskies to the title in 2014.

Now Ryan Boatright is next up.

“Ain’t no getting around that,” Boatright, UConn’s lone senior, said Wednesday at the American Athletic Conference media day at the New York Athletic Club.

“I know it and everybody else knows it, that it’s my turn to lead the team. My main thing is winning another championship and I know that it’s gonna take everybody on my team from me all the way down to the practice players to do that.”

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UConn picked first, Boatright preseason Player of the Year

The UConn men’s basketball team, fresh off a national championship, were picked to place first in the American Athletic Conference by the coaches.

UConn had six first place votes, SMU five, and Memphis and Cincinnati rounded out the top 4.

Senior guard Ryan Boatright was the preseason Player of the Year, while Daniel Hamilton was preseason Freshman of the Year.

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Nurse’s competitive spirit all in the family

By Carl Adamec

STORRS, Conn. — Athletics have always been a family affair for Kia Nurse.

Her father, Richard, was a wide receiver for the Hamilton TigerCats of the Canadian Football League. Her mother played college basketball in Canada and her older sister, Tamika, played at the University of Oregon and Bowling Green. Her brother, Darnell, was Edmonton’s first pick in the 2013 NHL Draft and had a brief stint with the Oilers earlier this month.
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Connecticut's Omar Calhoun scores two points during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Concordia, in  Hartford, Conn., on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2013. (AP Photo/Fred Beckham)

UConn men: Calhoun has MCL sprain

UConn junior guard Omar Calhoun sustained a knee injury to his right knee and will be out of practice for a minimum of a week according to the school

Calhoun injured the knee on Sunday and had an MRI on Monday evening with results showing that he has a sprain of the MCL. He is right now being monitored day-to-day, but will likely be out at least a week.

John F. Silver

Calhoun came to preseason camp as a junior in excellent shape after a 2013 season that saw him end up at the end of the bench after never quite getting physically right after hip surgery.

Calhoun, from Christ The King in New York, played a key role as a freshman in 2012-13 when he averaged 11.1 points per game and playing 32 minutes a night. He had hip surgery following the season and never recovered his strength or explosiveness.

Calhoun started early in the season and was force fed minutes, but never quite got going averaging 3.8 ppg. and shooting 30 percent from the floor and 24 percent from 3-point range.

He came back noticeably leaner this camp and by all reports had his explosion and lift back as well as a quick first step. The Huskies are loaded in the backcourt with Ryan Boatright, Terrence Samuel, Rodney Purvis and Sam Cassell Jr., but none are the kind of wing scorer that Calhoun can be. The concern going forward would be if the injury lingers and Calhoun loses explosiveness and conditioning, which derailed his sophomore season.

Tuesday presser: Young corners on an island

Oct 23, 2014; Greenville, NC, USA; East Carolina Pirates wide receiver Justin Hardy (2) catches a 1st quarter touchdown pass against the Connecticut Huskies defensive back Jhavon Williams (6) at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Oct 23, 2014; Greenville, NC, USA; East Carolina Pirates wide receiver Justin Hardy (2) catches a 1st quarter touchdown pass against the Connecticut Huskies defensive back Jhavon Williams (6) at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

John F. Silver

STORRS, Conn. — it wasn’t by design that players such as Jhavon Hadley, Brice McAllister, John Green and Jamar Summers were going to play key roles on the UConn defense.

Back in June, right after school got out, Hadley and Summers were on the fringe of the depth chart, Green was a wide receiver and McAllister was at Suffield Academy.

In a perfect world, none would play.

Things happen to a roster in college football and that makes your standing in the pecking order tenuous.

In the summer, the Huskies lost two corners in Tyree Clark and David Stevensen, who both left for undisclosed reasons in August. Who cares about your 4th and 5th corner? At the time, it went under reported and faded from memory.

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Dailey thrilled that Grentz is back in the game

By Carl Adamec

STORRS, Conn. — Chris Dailey is entering her 30th season with Geno Auriemma on the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team’s coaching staff.

But the Huskies’ associate head coach never forgets the people who were her role models when she was a collegian and young coach. And one has returned to the game after a brief hiatus.
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