STORRS – Many of you have asked about Enosch Wolf, t he 7-foot-1 center from Germany, and his chances to break through and play for UConn next season.
Those chances are there, depending on what Wolf makes of his opportunity. He has been working hard at it. On Thursday, I watched his 40-minute session with assistant coach Glen Miller, and then interviewed Enosch in the hallway at Gampel Pavilion.
You may remember, when Andre Drummond came to UConn last August, there was talk of Wolf transferring. It was clear there would be little playing time available, but he did not want to give up his goals.
“I came here to play for UConn,” he said. “I came here to wear the UConn jersey and play. And I haven’t gotten there yet.”
There were nights when he would go back to his apartment and brood about the lask of playing time. Wolf would call home, and his parents would offer encouragement. In March, he was seriously hurt – and could have been hurt far worse – in a freak practice accident.
But this spring finds Wolf with a chance. Drummond, Alex Oriakhi and Roscoe Smith are gone, and there are minutes there to be earned. The coaches continue to work on getting Wolf in better shape, and toughening him up for rugged Big East play. But Wolf has skills, and a “basketball IQ,” Glen Miller says. It’s up to him to meet the opportunity halfway.
“This has to be the best summer of my life,” he says.
We’ll have more from my interview with Enosch Wolf in the Courant this weekend.
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