Got an email from a PR firm representing former Husky Caron Butler, who played on the 2002 Elite Eight team and scored 32 points in a loss to Maryland. Butler, who has had a long NBA career, is with the Thunder now for their playoff push.
Like the many former UConn players who were at the Garden on Sunday, he was thrilled by what his alma mater has done. The Thunder beat Utah on Sunday night, after UConn’s victory over Michigan State.
Here are Caron’s best wishes:
“I’m so incredibly proud of the guys in that locker room. They’ve embraced the underdog role and have made a great legacy for themselves at the university.”
“I had a wonderful NCAA Tournament experience and I hope those guys are just appreciating every moment.
“I love Kevin [Ollie] and I always thought he would make a great coach. He’s the perfect person to be representing our university on this big stage.”
“Florida is a tough team, those guys will have to prepare well for all that they do. It’s an uphill battle but like I’ve been saying, ‘just when you think you can’t, UConn.”