Tuesday, July 18, 2006


July 2006

Projected 2007-2008 Roster:

Juniors: AJ Price (G), Marcus Johnson (WG), Jeff Adrien (F), Craig Austrie (G), Robert Garrison (PG).
Sophomores: Curtis Kelly (BF/C), Jerome Dyson (G), Jonathan Mandeldove (C), Stanley Robinson (F), Ben Eaves (F), Doug Wiggins (PG), Gavin Edwards (PF/C), Hasheem Thabeet (C)

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Just like Villanova, UConn is in a scholarship pinch as well with 13 players consisting of their freshmen and sophomore classes heading into the 2006-2007 season. So, currently, they are out evaluating 2008 players heavily on the recruiting trail and keeping the lines of communication open with some big men in the class of 2007, just in case. With the hype around 7'2 Hasheem Thabeet, it might not be far-fetched that he ventures into the NBA draft after once season in Storrs. With that in mind, the UConn staff has been spotted taking in some games of big men like Anthony McClain, Hamidu Rahman, JJ Hickson and others, just in case someone is willing to wait until the spring and see what materializes with the Connecticut roster. Herb Pope is another player mentioning the Huskies and could be looking to decide in the spring when the dust settles with transfers and NBA decisions.

In the meantime, Jim Calhoun is being very visible with the class of 2008, although, at this time, there is still no scholarships open for that class either, and getting on the mind of some of the top players in the country for 2008, including Devin Ebanks, Samardo Samuels, Brandon Jennings, Drew Gordon, James Southerland and Delvan Roe, among others.

With a deep and talented roster, just like at Villanova, the Huskies could be prone to transfers. They do have a roster that is pretty well balances with some players that will develop over time, like Jonathan Mandeldove, Ben Eaves, Gavin Edwards and Doug Wiggins with players ready to make an immediate impact, like Thabeet, Curtis Kelly, Jerome Dyson as well as holdovers like AJ Price, Jeff Adrien and Marcus Johnson. Some of the roster stability will depend on guys like Robert Garrison and Craig Austrie accepting roles that add depth to the roster, and, if your going to carry 13 players, someone needs to accept the role of being those 11, 12 and 13th players on the depth chart.

In the meantime, the young Huskies will hit the floor this season and try to work it all out and see who develops, with the high upside of several of their players, a quick exit from Storrs to the NBA is a definite possibility.

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