STORRS – A few notes and tidbits from UConn’s practice. The Huskies play AIC in the first exhibition game at Gampel Friday at 7 p.m.
… Enosch Wolf, recovering from a concussion, practiced with “no contact.” But he is doing much better, and is expected to practice full bore on Saturday.
“I think I cheated a little bit because he was going pretty hard today,” Kevin Ollie said. “He won’t play [against AIC], but we think he will be able to play in our second exhibition game. He’s doing everything we’re asking him and he’s not having any side effects.”
Ryan Boatright sat out the end of practice with a mild left ankle sprain. “He just tweaked his ankle,” Ollie said. “So we took him out for precautionary reasons. But he’ll be taped up and ready to perform, ready to be Ryan Boatright.”
Asked what he likes best about what he has seen so far, Ollie said, “our transition. … Our transition with Shabazz and Boat has been real good. We’re still working on rebounding, and the little things I believe you can’t take off.”
R.J. Evans will be making his debut. “First time I’m putting this uniform on,” he said. “I’m very excited.”
So far, he has brought everything the Huskies were hoping he would when they invited him in.
Jim Calhoun was watching practice from the side, and he had a word with Omar Calhoun before walking off.
Superstorm Sandy cost the Huskies one practice – Monday. They had Sunday off, but returned on Tuesday. “Geno – coach Auriemma – graciously let us have the noon practice, it was his day to go early,” Ollie said.
Ollie said he has three different lineups “floating around in his head” and will decide who will start on Friday. He plans to use a lot of different combinations. Will he have a “quick hook” like his predecessor?
“I’m going to go by feel,” he said. “If I don’t see effort, I will have a quick hook. If I see someone make a mistake but he’s giving the effort, I’d let that go. But if he keeps making the same mistake, that’s a problem. Again, I’m going to do it by feel.”
Shabazz Napier and Tyler Olander talked about setting a better tone in the exhibition games, and the early games, this season. “Last year, we let our talent and our athleticism beat some of the teams early on,” Olander said. “We can’t do that this year.”
Napier: “Last year, we’d make a mistake, and because we had so much talent we would say, ‘we’ll get it back.’ With this team, we’re going to have to make sure we work to get it back. We’re going to have to make it happen.”
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