STORRS – Some notes, quotes from Tuesday’s practice. …
Rodney Purvis’ shoulder surgery was deemed successful. Now he’ll need four months or so of rehab, the left shoulder must be stabilized.
“It kept popping out,” coach Kevin Ollie said, “… and he’d pop it back in [place] and go back out there.”
But a tear in the labrum developed, and it was decided that Purvis would have the surgery now to repair the tear and stabilize the shoulder joint. Ollie hopes he’ll be ready to work with coaches in four months.
Omar Calhoun twisted an ankle and sat out the last part of practice, but Ollie, noting “he’s from Brooklyn,” expects he will be able to play vs. Stanford.
In 2011, Ryan Boatright and Stanford’s Chasson Randle shared Illinois’ Mr. Basketball honors. Will the tie be broken?
“I’m mature enough not to think about things like that,” Boatright said.
Stanford has been practicing at St. Joseph College since arriving in Connecticut. Coach Johnny Dawkins, like all other opponents, is impressed with Boatright and Shabazz Napier. “I’ve seen a lot of teams,” he said, by phone this week. “But I haven’t seen a pair of guards any better than those two.”
More on the UConn-Stanford game will be up on our main website as the night goes along. Travel home safely.