UConn Basketball Nov 11, 2017 1:45:35 GMT -8
Post by tribble on Nov 11, 2017 1:45:35 GMT -8
Last year I was really excited. UConn had what appeared to the best recruiting class in its history, but one could quickly see that turned out to be a bust.UConn ended up with, I believe , its first losing season in 30 years. Over rated players, big egos, and major injuries accounted for that disaster.
So this year I am being more cautious.
I watched the game between UConn and Colgate. To start with, Jalen Adams, our top scorer from last year was being punished by Ollie for leaving the scene of a vehicular accident (for which he was arrested) . No one said Adams was a rocket scientist. In addition, David Onurah, a transfer grad student from Cornel didn't play for injury resasons. None the less UConn won 70 to 58.
This year UConn has 8, count them, 8 new players. freshmen and transfers. Some ot them are pretty darn good. In particular, Isaiah Whaley made some spectacular inside plays which made me think that by the end of the season, he could be a pretty strong player. The problem with him and most of the freshmen was that they do not yet play team ball. Other freshmen that I noticed were Tyler Polley, Josh Carlton, and Eric Cobb, crude talents that could be quite good.
Team stalwarts were Terry Larrier a red shirted Junior who had 27 points and was one of last years most ballyhooed players. Yup, he is damn good. Reminds me of a tall Shabazz Napier, and can hit consistanctly from beyond the three. When he teams up with Jalen Adams, I think that will be one of premier duos in college basketball.
Also good were Antoine Anderson, Christian Vital, Alterique Gilbert, Eric Cobb and Mamdou Daria.
Admittedly, Colgate wasn't a top team and beating them probably doesn't prove a lot, but I am optimistic. Our schedule this year includes Oregon, Wichita State (Newest member of AAC), Syracuse, Cincinnati, and Arizona, along with season tournaments where we could meet other top teams.
It is too early to predict anything yet, but at least this year is not a disaster. Our first big game is Oregon on November 23..