Enosch Wolf and I exchanged e-mails late Friday. Here are some highlights of what he had to say:
On the decision process:
“My first option, and what I would have loved to do was to come back to UConn, no matter how. But the financial burden that came with me being a walk on was too much of a risk for me and my family, I think that’s understandable. So as much as I disliked the idea not going back to UConn i had to live with it.
My second step was to transfer, but sitting out was not an option for me either, so we worked on getting a waiver [from the NCAA]. I worked really close with Gonzaga on getting that done. But as time went by, nothing really changed and more and more teams here in Germany approached me.”
[Note: Here, he means the process of getting a waiver that would allow him to play right away was dragging out. It was considered a very long shot in any event.]
“So after about 6 to 8 weeks with nothing changing in regards to going back to college, I decided to not gamble around and go and look at some [pro] teams. After talking with people in Bonn, my dad and my agent, I decided that Bonn would be the perfect fit for me.”
Feelings about UConn:
“Of course, I am angry and disappointed and the way things ended at UConn, but that anger or disappointment doesn’t go against any particular person, just against the whole situation. I understand the decisions that have been made and I have to live with it. So there are no hard feelings between me and any people at UConn and everything is Okay, I’ll be following the team as a fan now.”
“I don’t know too much about my new team yet, since I haven’t met most of the guys and the roster isn’t even completed yet. Some coaches are in Las Vegas for the summer league looking for players right now. But all the coaches and managers and people around the club I have met are all great people. Bonn has a tradition for being one of the top teams in Germany. We will play in the first [premier] league here and also international basketball in the Euro Cup. I am super excited to compete on this level and i am looking forward to the challenge.”
Finally, Wolf wished everyone well in Connecticut and, as he did on his twitter feed, thanked UConn fans for their support during his time here.
Here is the full Enosch Wolf story on our website and in the Saturday Courant.