Believe it or not, Mick Cronin says he is hoping to see DeAndre Daniels on the court for UConn when the Huskies play his team in Cincinnati.
“I’m a big karma guy,” Cronin said, in a conference call with Connecticut reporters. “I believe in pulling for kids, positive energy. I hope he’s okay and able to play healthy and play well. We’ll certainly prepare for him to play.”
Daniels, who is coming back from a high ankle sprain sustained at Rutgers on Jan. 25, practiced without contact on Monday. He is expected to test the ankle further Tuesday and Wednesday. The Huskies will need all their weapons against Cincinnati (21-2, 10-0 in the American Conference). The Bearcats have won 14 in a row.
“In close games, we have an All-American guard [in Sean Kilpatrick] who can make plays and make free throws,” Cronin said. “Combine that with our collective effort to get stops late in games – when we lock in, we can hold teams without a field goal for extended periods – and you’re going to win a lot of games. … This has the makings of a great game, with two of the best players in the country going at it in Sean and Shabazz Napier. It should be a great environment.”
Guard Will “Turtle” Jackson, from Athens (Ga.) Christian, committed to UConn on Monday night. He’s another big guard, 6-4, who fits what Kevin Ollie likes to do and, not surprisingly, fell for UConn’s style of play. Here’s a story on him from the Athens Banner-Herald. With Jackson and Prince Ali, UConn is in good shape as far as guards coming in from the Class of 2015.