The sound of balls bouncing has been temporarily replaced by the sound of sanders sanding at Gampel Pavilion. The floor is being refinished, a two- to three-week process which is now underway.
That means the new Huskies dog will be at center court when the players practice next.
A few other tidbits during an otherwise quiet time …
Tyler Olander, who had surgery on his fractured left foot after the season, is now out of the walking boot, most of the time, and into his rehab process. His hope is to be able to play by the summer.
Shabazz Napier is also out of his boot. His right foot, which required surgery last summer and was re-injured during the season, appears to be okay now. Saw him walking around
Omar Calhoun, who had surgery on both hips, one in March and one in April, to alleviate discomfort from femoral acetabular impingement (FAI) is progressing normally and was walking without crutches today. (In the past, Donnell Beverly and Brendan Allen had similar procedures.) … Calhoun is expected to be 100 percent for the start of practice.
Niels Giffey, who broke a finger on his right hand, has finally been able to take off the splint. The finger is still a little swollen, but he is doing some light shooting drills. He hopes to be able to try for the national tea, in Germany in July.
The Dick Vitale Gala in Sarasota, Fla., at which Jim Calhoun was honored last Friday night, drew more than 800 people, including 70 sports celebrities. A reminder, Calhoun’s Cancer Challenge Ride-Walk in Simsbury is on for June 8. Here is the place for info, registration.