Mailbag 4/19: UConn Is In Final Four for Big Man Bradley Hayes []

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Question: Hey, Dom.    [Adam] Zagoria blogged that Bradley Hayes has UConn in his final four group of schools.  What impact do you think he’d make next year IF he were to hop on board?  Big, athletic body who can rebound is a huge void as of now and the kid realizes he’ll be in school a few years. …



A: Yes, Todd, as you mention, Zag blogged on Thursday that Hayes, a 6-foot-11 center from Jacksonville has narrowed it down to four schools and UConn is one of them, and I did hear Hayes’ name at Gampel later in the day. … This would, of course, be a great get for the Huskies staff – exactly the kind of player the program needs. Hayes has missed time with injuries, so his basketball experience is limited. He needs playing time, which UConn can certainly offer at that position next year, and more than one year. After a season of growing pains in a less-pressurized setting, with no postseason, he could really be developed for 2013-14.

Here is what Hayes told Zagoria about UConn:

 “I like the history that the school has of putting big men into the league. They recently hey had Andre Drummond but everybody else they put in, like [Hasheem] Thabeet and a lot of other people. I just like their history of putting big men into the league because that’s my main goal.”

Click here to read Zag’s entire post.



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3 thoughts on “Mailbag 4/19: UConn Is In Final Four for Big Man Bradley Hayes []

  1. ray

    Speaking of Thabeet. I think we all agree he needed one more year at Uconn. Last I heard he was in the D League trying to comeback. Thabeet always played hard and protected the middle. It was sickening the way people drove the lane this year. They wouldn’t even think of it when Thabeet was here. Andre Drummond did nothing…did not play hard, played sporadic defense and could not make a foul shot….Thabeet gave his all to Uconn…Drummond gave nothing.

  2. rev kevin loughran

    ZP I loved that blog but it’s self described as the “most important” not necessarily best players in Husky history. Given that definition I think there’s a huge miss – Taliek Brown who with a championship, elite 8 and sweet 16 has the best record of a starting point guard in UConn history. I also think Chris Smith needs to be way, way higher on any most important list.

    To the point here Hayes would be a huge get for the Huskies. Regardless of whether or not they are allowed into the tournament for next season they are in retooling mode. They have some nice pieces in place that could make them a force in ’13-14. At that point they’ll have four seniors who played significant minutes on a National Championship team – two juniors with significant skill and experience (assuming DeAndre Daniels doesn’t transfer) and a sophmore stud in Calhoun – They’ll need bigs who do what the bigs did for the first and third championship run – provide minutes, clog the middle on defense, set screens, knock down a shot or two, move the ball on offense – another words the basics. I’d love to see this guy sign because he seems to have the right idea in mind.

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