STORRS – Enosch Wolf’s future with the UConn men’s basketball team is still uncertain, though coach Kevin Ollie was a little more willing to talk about Wolf than he has been since his arrest on Feb. 11. And he spoke about Tyler Olander’s misadventures in Florida.
On Wolf, who is still suspended indefinitely from the team:
“He is getting treatment for the problems he is dealing with,” Ollie said, following the groundbreaking ceremony on Tuesday. “He has been doing an exception job of getting studies done, bringing his [grade-point average] up. We are all monitoring his progress, the president’s office, community standards and the AD, so it is not just my decision [whether he returns].”
Wolf, the 7-foot-1 junior from Germany, was having his best season at UConn before his arrest. Early in the morning of Feb. 11 he was arrested and charged with third-degree burglary, criminal trespass and disorderly conduct after campus police arrived at the apartment of a female student Wolf had been dating. According to the police report, Wolf grabbed the victims hair and slapper her, knocking her glasses off.
Wolf’s case was referred to family relations, a department within Rockville Superior Court, and ordered to begin its domestic violence diversion program. His next court date in April 24. If he completes the program and charges are dropped, he is then subject to the University’s review process.
“All the different [reports] I’ve been getting say he has been doing a tremendous job getting to his appointments on time, staying there and completing them, ” Ollie said, “and showing true maturity.”
Ollie expects a decision could come after the end of the spring semester.
Tyler Olander, meanwhile, was arrested in Florida during spring break at 2 a.m. on March 21 for trespassing, after he refused to leave a hotel when asked by security and the sheriff’s deputy. Olander could not produce the wrist band required for staying on the property. Olander had surgery to insert pins in his fractured left foot shortly after the season ended March 9, and it’s no secret that the coaches did not want him to go to Florida at all, so soon after surgery.
“You have concerns,” Ollie said. “I know he sat down with his parents – I’m not his parents, I’m his coach – and he made a decision that he wanted to go to spring break with some of his teammates. He made a bad decision [in Florida], and can make a bad decision here on the campus at Storrs.
“Unfortunately, he put himself in a bad situation and I think he has learned from it, grown from it and is going to be a better person from it.”
Olander was later accepted into a pre-trial diversionary program, which involves a fine, community service and passing an on-line test.
Ollie said Olander’s foot is healing as expected, according to the latest X-Rays.