Thursday, October 13, 2016 (Issue #1)
by Steven Wasserman, Sports Editor
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The UConn Men’s Basketball Team is set to kick off their 2016-2017 season when they take on the University of New Haven on October 30th.
Last season proved to be a successful outing for the Huskies. Often overlooked throughout the season, they managed to storm back and win the American Athletic Conference Championship, thereby punching their ticket to the famed NCAA Tournament. The team would defeat Colorado in their opening game in, “The Tournament”, but lose to one of the favorites, Kansas, in their following matchup.
This season could prove to be a little different with some new faces gracing the Huskies’ locker room this season. Seven Huskies departed the dream following last season, including now NBA player Daniel Hamilton of the Oklahoma City Thunder, and fellow NBA hopeful Sterling Gibbs.
However, Huskies fans will remember a few faces from last season’s team, including sophomore guard sensation Jalen Adams. He will be joined by seniors Amida Brimah at Center, and Rodney Purvis at Guard, to make up the core of the 2016-2017 UConn Roster.
Jalen Adams certainly managed to burst on the scene last season as the latest Point Guard sensation in the lore of the UConn Men’s Basketball program. He followed the likes of Khalid El Amin, Kemba Walker, and Shabazz Napier, just to name a few talented Huskies guards from over the years. He will be looking to follow up from a good first year at Storrs and gain the full trust of his coach, Kevin Ollie.
Amida Brimah will have to be one of the leaders on this team, as the Center from Accra, Ghana will be entering his senior season wearing the blue and white of UConn. He was a force to reckon with defensively last season, averaging nearly three blocks per game. He knows what it is like to win at this level, as he was part of that NCAA Championship winning team back in the 2013-2014 season.
Rodney Purvis, a redshirt senior, and one of two transfer students on the roster (Terry Larrier) is T. L. your source, or the other transfer student? will have to keep up the consistent production, as he averaged almost 13 points, 3 rebounds, and 2 assists per game last season in his best season with UConn yet. He will certainly be looking to follow that up and prove his worth to Coach Ollie this season.
This team will welcome five new freshmen to the roster: Mamadou Diarra, Juwan Durham, Alterique Gilbert, Vance Jackson, and Christian Vital. Each of these players will look to have big impact in their inaugural season with the Huskies.
Following the success of last season, the Huskies will certainly be looking to have a strong season in 2016/2017. Mixing in all the new pieces to go along with a newfound core will be the challenge that faces Coach Kevin Ollie and this team.