News item: Geno Auriemma announced on Twitter today that he will be holding a joint clinic with Bob Knight, the former Hall of Fame men’s coach, at the end of April 2013. More details to come, as they say in the trade.
Last week, he had a lot to say about Breanna Stewart, UConn’s latest freshman to win Gatorade Player of the Year as a high school senior.
If you were at “First Night” on Friday, you may have caught Brea’s inauspicious debut as a dunk artist. For some reason, UConn enlisted her to compete with three guys and she just couldn’t get high enough to finish with either hand. In fact, she was 0-4.
Then again, the men’s players weren’t exactly Spud Webb, either.
You can expect for things to get a lot better for her as time goes on. A lot better.
“I don’t know what to expect from Breanna,” Geno Auriemma said. “I was the most surprised person in the gym when I saw Kaleena [Mosqueda-Lewis] do some of the things she did last season [on her way to Big East Freshman of the Year]. I didn’t know she’s be able to do it so early.
“I just know Breanna is going to be really good. How good, I don’t know. But she is going to be really good. If she plays like I believe she is capable, I won’t say I am surprised. She’ll act like a freshman at times, just like Kaleena did. But at times she’ll play like she’s been here two or three years. But I’m not wont to build teams around just one player, to have high expectations for one player. It’s more important to feel like that about your team.
“Men’s teams, out of necessity often, build teams around players who are one and done. And invariably, more times than not, it goes the other way [poorly]. I don’t want Breanna to think that she needs to be the one to get us over the hump to win the national championship. If it happens, it happens. If it doesn’t , it doesn’t.
“But I just think she has the opportunity to be a good as anyone we’ve ever brought here. And that in itself says a lot.”