STORRS – Spent some time at Gampel Thursday, saw a little of the pickup game and picked up a few tidbits.
There was a hard-to-miss special guest – Marc Suhr, remember him?
“It’s been 20 years, I figured it was about time,” said Suhr, the giant from Germany who played from 1988 to 91. Suhr, who lived in Hamburg, Germany, is in the airline industry and comes to the New York area on business. His son, Leon, is already 7 foot-1 at age 16 and played a little pick-up with the current team.
They looked like twin towers walking down the hallways.
Ryan Boatright is slowed with an ankle injury but is working on a limited basis. No big deal. Tyler Olander has been back on the court for the first time since breaking his foot last March, but is mixing in days off, such as Thursday.
The staff is still considering how to arrange practices with the option of starting two weeks early. The Huskies could do something like four days on, two days off.
It would be fair to say that UConn is still hopeful of landing Abdul-Malik Abu, who will announce his college choice at a press conference in Boston on Saturday. Optimistic would be too strong, but my sense is there is a belief UConn is still in it, along with NC State, Florida and Providence. Abu, 6-8 from Kimball Union Academy, visited NC State on Thursday.
UConn would like to get two more players from the Class of 2014. Bonzie Colson Jr. (6-5), who is visiting Oct. 11, Quentin Snider, 6-1 point guard from Louisville; Paul White (6-8 from Chicago), both coming in later October, Devin Robinson (6-8), who is expected for First Night Oct. 18, and Terry Larrier (6-7), who was on campus Aug. 27, are others in their sights right now.
George Blaney, who retired in June, was on campus for to visit on Wednesday.
R.J. Evans has signed to play pro ball in England. Here’s story from the Norwich Bulletin.