Ollie at the TPC


UConn basketball coach Kevin Ollie prepares to tee off on the 9th hole at the TPC-River Highlands during the Pro-Am at the Travelers Championship Wednesday. (Neill Ostrout photo)

UConn coach Kevin Ollie spent a few minutes after his round of golf as part of the Travelers Championship’s Pro-Am to talk about his team. Here’s the quick skinny:

— The Huskies’ non-conference schedule for the upcoming season is starting to be finalized. Ollie said the lineup should keep UConn’s RPI high despite its new, slightly de-valued league slate.

“Possibly playing Indiana, possibly playing Washington twice, have Stanford coming in here, playing Maryland, playing Florida here,” Ollie said. “We think we kept it about the same.”

You can add Boston University and Detroit to that list, too. Those will be UConn’s opponents in the “opening rounds” of the 2K Sports Classic. UConn is already going to “advance” to the semifinals of that event, however. UConn, Boston College, Indiana and Washington are slated to play at MSG.

UConn-BC and Indiana-Washington will be Nov. 21 with the winners and losers playing Nov. 22.

— Ollie, as he said after Jim Calhoun’s charity bike ride last weekend, said he’s not sure what Enosch Wolf plans to do.

Wolf is no longer suspended by the team but won’t be allowed back on scholarship next season. The German native could return to the Huskies for his senior season as a walk-on.

“No, I don’t have a timetable for Enosch,” Ollie said. “I wish him the best of luck. We’ll have him come back if he wanted to come back.”

The thinking is that Wolf’s UConn career is over but we’ll see.

— Ollie says his team is getting healthy after some offseason medical issues.

“They’re ready. The only ones that aren’t fully (ready) are Omar (Calhoun) and Tyler (Olander),” Ollie said. “I think Tyler’s about a month away, Tyler’s probably a month and a half away. But Shabazz (Napier) is getting back on the court this week.”

Omar Calhoun had his hips operated on while Olander had surgery on his foot after injuring it in UConn’s penultimate game.

— Ollie says a few of his players are getting ready some summer camp action.

Napier is headed to a Nike Elite Youth Basketball (NEYB) beginning Monday in Union, N.J. The Point Guard Skills Academy features Deron Williams, Kyrie Irving and some of the top point guards in the nation (high school and college).

Napier is also going to Chris Paul’s camp.

UConn F DeAndre Daniels is going to Kevin Durant’s camp. Ollie says he’s already been in contact with his former Oklahoma City teammate.

“I already called KD and told him to take care of him, give him a couple secrets there,” Ollie said.

— Ollie played Wednesday with UConn AD Warde Manuel, Hartford coach (and former UConn star) Jen Rizzotti and pro Jonas Blixt.

“I did real good. I think I got Warde (Manuel) by one stroke,” Ollie said.

Ollie’s caddie was Tallwood CC pro John Nowobilski. Nowobilski played at the GHO in 1983 and 1985.

Blixt was a big help to Ollie, it seems.

“He’s a great guy. He’s from Florida State, though,” Ollie said with a smile.

— Ollie says he’s hard at work already on basketball matters.

“This is still my rookie season. I haven’t been through these months as a head coach,” Ollie said. “I’m still trying to figure it out.”

“I learned a lot from coach (Calhoun),” Ollie said. “After we won our championship (in 2011) I was like ‘I’m about to book my trip to Tahiti.’ He was like ‘Monday we’ve got a meeting.’ ”



About Neill

Neill Ostrout covers the UConn men's basketball team for the Journal Inquirer in Manchester. He has been a member of the "Horde" for more than 16 years.
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