Out of the corner of his eye Saturday night, Geno Auriemma located his unsuspecting target leaning against a wall outside the UConn women’s locker room.
A smirk creased Auriemma’s face. He locked in on his mark. An avid golfer, this was a 3-foot putt with a great lie. He pulled his club back and swung through.
“You know,” said Auriemma, feigning conversation with a third party, “every once in a while, you get players that are really good, but tend to be dopes.”
Auriemma looked to his left, now smiling broadly.
“You have to figure how to take the good in someone and overlook the fact that they are a dope. Sometimes God gives you everything; he gives you size, ability to shoot and pass and a large wingspan.
“But he forgets to put the brain matter in there.”
At this point, Breanna Stewart reacted with a small smile and a sigh. Welcome to the program, kid.
Just moments before, Stewart, the highly regarded freshman, had accepted the MVP of the Paradise Jam Tournament. Maya Moore was the only other rookie so honored in the women’s event.