Connecticut announced that junior center Enosch Wolf's suspension has been lifted and he is eligible to return to the Huskies for the 2013-14 season, but with one important stipulation. If he comes back to the team, he would be a non-scholarship player.
According to a press release from UConn, Wolf returned to his home in Germany following the conclusion of the second semester and he is expected to make his decision about coming back for his senor season within a few weeks.
It appears coach Kevin Ollie and the UConn staff already has plans for Wolf's scholarship. There were multiple reports Tuesday that George Washington transfer Lasan Kromah will use his final season of eligibility at UConn. Kromah, a talented 6-foot-5 guard, is graduating from George Washington and would be eligible immediately – much like R.J. Evans was last season after he transferred from Holy Cross to play one season with the Huskies.
The story was first reported by CBSSports.com, which said it confirmed the transfer through a source. There was no comment or confirmation of Kromah's transfer from UConn, probably because it isn't 100 percent finalized. In cases such as this, both sides might have a verbal agreement but the paperwork has not been completed at UConn. That could be resolved within a matter days.
Kromah, from Greenbelt, Md., certainly would bring added depth to UConn's already talented backcourt, which includes Shabazz Napier, Ryan Boatright and Omar Calhoun. Kromah was recruited to George Washington by UConn assistant coach Karl Hobbs, who was head coach there at that time. Kromah was the Colonials' second-leading scorer last season with a 10.1 average. He also averaged 3.7 rebounds and 1.9 assists.
After averaging 11.8 points as a freshman in 2009-10, Kromah missed the entire 2010-11 season with an injury, leaving him with this final season of eligibility with UConn.
There's no doubt UConn would be upgrading its roster with Kromah replacing Wolf as a scholarship player. Wolf's decision remains to be seen but swapping scholarships isn't the best public relations move for the UConn program.
Also, if Wolf decides not to return to UConn, his departure potentially could damage the program's APR score in the future. That would not be a good thing with the program just coming off last season's postseason ban and the schools' pledge to improve its APR score. If Wolf signs with a pro team or has a grade point average above 2.6, it is believed UConn's APR would not be negatively impacted with the loss of a retention point.
Wolf was suspended from the team after his arrest resulting from a Feb. 11 on-campus domestic altercation with a female he was dating. Those charges were recently dropped in Rockville Superior Court after Wolf participated in a court-supervised domestic violence diversionary program. Ollie said several times that the decision regarding Wolf's return would not be his alone. There were several university evaluations that Wolf faced.
Wolf averaged 3.4 points and 3.4 rebounds in 22 games for the Huskies last season