Our basketball preview section will appear in the Thursday Courant, and the stories will begin appearing on our main website later this afternoon. Lots of stuff in there we think you will like. Here’s a sampler ….
Dr. Shabazz? There is at least one professor Shabazz Napier has had at UConn who believe he has that kind of academic potential and upside. It’s not just basketball for Napier, he’s a curious young guy who engages and asks questions about anything and everything. And the friendships he’s made and people he’s touched on campus go far beyond his teammates.
“You don’t get this time back,” Napier says. “You don’t get the four years back. Sometimes you want to experience life of a student rather than as an athlete. There’s times when I try to go to a soccer game, put on a hoodie and a hat just to experience it. You want to see, you want to feel what the students feel when they watch your game.”
When you listen to Wayne Norman and Joe D. do basketball on the radio, it’s only part of their day. They’re a couple of old radio pros, and bring a tradition of small-town radio to the broadcasts, and disc-jockeying. “Joe likes stuff from the 70s,” Norman says, “I’m more 50s and 60s. … On trips to St. John’s I’ll put in ann Earth, Wind and Fire CD and we’ll boogie all the way down to New York.”
To make it in the NBA, Ryan Boatright is going to need to keep polishing his point guard skills, and that was his project over the summer.
“I just slowed down,” Boatright says. “I know how to go at different paces, change speeds, make smarter and quicker decisions in the lane. That’s something I worked on really hard all summer – smart decision making and quicker decision making.”
Who is who in the AAC? What’s the “new” Big East going to be all about? Who’d make your list of notable backcourt tandems in UConn history? All this and more coming on our special section – check it out.