The UConn Huskies lost a player and gained one this week. 6'10 Josh Boone, who declared for the NBA Draft earlier this spring, decided he'll stay in the draft and hire an agent. Boone averaged 10 points, 7 rebounds and two blocked shots as a junior and was the 2004-05 Big East Defensive Player of the Year. He's projected as a borderline first-round pick.
"The past two months have accomplished exactly what I hoped they would. They have shown me where I am as a player, and what I need to do to prepare for life in the NBA," Boone said. "I am confident that I am making the right decision, and improving my draft position with each workout and each day."
Price will finally take the
court at UCONN.
While Boone won't be returning, Jim Calhoun's Huskies did receive some good news this week. A.J. Price, a sophomore guard who sat out the past two seasons because of illness and suspension for computer theft, has been cleared to play next season.
"This is great news for A.J. and his family," Calhoun said. "I am very excited for A.J. and look forward to him taking the court with his teammates in the very near future. He is a young man who has been through a lot, but has worked very hard through it all to get to this point and move forward. I know the future will bring good things for him and that A.J. has a chance to be a very special player for us."
Former Louisville recruit to transfer
Huertas, who chose Florida over Louisville coming out of high school, averaged 2.5 points per game as a freshman.
Will Big East rule NBA Draft?
How good was the Big East last season? Well, here's one way to answer that question; Eight (8) Big East players are projected as first round NBA Draft picks later this month in Frank Burlison's most recent mock NBA Draft, including four "Lottery" picks (Rudy Gay, Marcus Williams and Hilton Armstrong (UCONN) and Randy Foye (Villanova).
Burlison also projects Villanova sophomore point guard Kyle Lowry, Pittsburgh junior center Aaron Gray, UConn junior center Josh Boone and Rutgers junior guard Quincy Douby will be taken in the first round.
Mike Williams is headed to
How do the Big East's 8 projected first round picks compare to the nation's top leagues? No other conference has more than four projected first round selections – that being the Big Ten and Atlantic Coast Conferences. Here are tallies for the rest of the conferences: Southeastern Conference (3), PAC-10 (2), C-USA (2), and Big 12 (1).
Big East Notes