UConn News and Notes: Scholarhip For Lenehan, A Talk with ‘Sticks,’ Etc.

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Hope everybody enjoyed their 4th of July. Just catching up on a few things …

UConn rewarded Pat Lenehan’s diligent work in the classroom, and dogged work in practice. They’ve put him on scholarship for his senior year coming up. Lenehan, from Cheshire and Xavier-Middletown, was a recipient of the Goldwater Scholarship, which goes to outstanding students in the fields of science, math and engineering. Lenehan, who has had a 4.0 GPA, is a molecular cell biology major and plans to earn an MD/PhD and become a research oncologist.

He has been a walk-on the last two seasons, and works hard to push his teammates in practice.

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As you know, Will “Turtle” Jackson de-committed from UConn and committed to Georgia earlier this week. These things happen when kids commit early, as both Jackson and Prince Ali did from the Class of 2015. UConn kept recruiting, and when they landed Jalen Adams last week, Jackson saw that playing time might be scarce. So he probably made a wise decision. UConn has benefitted from players de-committing from elsewhere and coming to Storrs, such as Ryan Boatright. It’s just part of the recruiting process, which still has a long way to go with 2015 kids.

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NBA teams still want Ray Allen. The Cavs are said to be pursuing him now. Allen’s “Ray of Hope” golf tournament at the TPC is set for Aug. 4, by the way. Here is some info on that.

 

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Shabazz Napier has been up and down in the NBA summer league. Here is the update from his latest game with the Heat.

 

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Had a nice talk today with former Husky Stanley Robinson, who played pro ball in Canada last year. “Sticks” is working at the Madison Hoop Dreams camp this summer, he is rehabbing a torn Achilles and hoping to get a chance to play overseas next year. He’s only 25, and Robinson says his dreams of playing in the NBA are still alive. That story is coming later this week in The Courant.

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