STORRS – Connecticut's top returning players for the 2013-14 season are hitting the summer camp circuit this week and coach Kevin Ollie said Wednesday he hopes Shabazz Napier, Ryan Boatright and DeAndre Daniels can return with valuable new ideas.
The Nike Point Guard Skills Academy was scheduled to conclude Wednesday night in Union, New Jersey. The camp featured Deron Williams and Kyrie Irving and was limited to 12 top college point guards. Napier and Boatright were both in attendance and UConn was the only school with two invitees.
"That's exciting for us," Ollie said. "It's exciting to get the feedback. We heard Shabazz and Ryan did good the first day. Hopefully they come back with some new ideas and drills that they can implement in our practice. It's another opportunity and they're seeing their hard work pay off."
The academy was closed to the public and not certified for college coaches. It was open to NBA scouts.
The other college guards invited were: Dominic Artis of Oregon, Jahii Carson of Arizona State, Semaj Christon of Xavier, Justin Cobbs of Cal, Anthony Collins of South Florida, Aaron Craft of Ohio State, Olivier Hanlan of Boston College, Kevin Pangos of Gonzaga, Trevor Releford of Alabama, and Markel Starks of Georgetown.
UConn's Daniels is headed to the Kevin Durant Skills Academy for wing forwards, which begins Friday in Washington, D.C. Those rosters have not been announced.
"The only limitations that can be put on him is his own mind and his confidence," Ollie said. "He showed last year, the last four games, averaging over 21 points and nine rebounds, that it's something he's capable of doing. I do want him to put his imprint on the game."
Freshmen Amida Brimah, Terrence Samuel and Kentan Facey have all been admitted and are arriving in Storrs this week. Ollie said he expects Lasan Kormah, who officially joined the roster Tuesday after transferring from George Washington, to attend UConn's second summer school session in July. "He's been working out in the DC area and getting some home cooked meals before he comes up here to Storrs," Ollie said. "We love him. We loved everything about him. [We like his] high character, his flexibility and his versatility on the court. I can put him at the 3, the 2 and if we go small put him at the 4." . . . Ollie said he has not received a final decision from Enosch Wolf regarding his return. It certainly doesn't seem likely at this point, given the financial implications of being a non-scholarship player. Ollie said if he decides to transfer, "I'm going to give them great remarks about him as a young and how he grew up from that situation [arrest in February in domestic dispute]" . . . Ollie said Tyler Olander is close to being fully recovered and UConn is trying to set him up for a summer tour, possibly with Athletes in Action in South Africa. . . . Ollie confirmed UConn will be playing at Washington this upcoming season. "I love our schedule," Ollie said. . . . N.C. State transfer Rodney Purvis completed three credits while he was on campus in this month and is back in Raleigh, N.C. . . . Guard Omar Calhoun is recovering from his hip surgeries. Ollie said Calhoun is still about a month and a half away from playing. . . . The first session of the Kevin Ollie-Jim Calhoun Basketball Camp began Wednesday in Storrs. Former Husky Albert Mouring is working as a counselor. . . . 2014 commit Daniel Hamilton, a 6-7 small forward, is ranked No. 15 in the nation in the pre-camp Top 100 released by Scout.com recruiting analyst Evan Daniels this week. UConn is among the "schools of interest" with 16 of the Top 100. . . . The July recruiting period begins on July 7. Essentially, three coaches can be on the road any given day from Wednesday through Sunday. The staff will regroup in Storrs every Monday and Tuesday. . . . Ollie is excited about the talent on next season's team and thinks the Huskies can maintain the same attitude that carried the team to 20 wins last sason. "If everybody comes back with that level of unity, playing for one another, I think everything else will take care of itself – championships or whatever, follow that," Ollie said. I hope we have that same attitude. I'm pushing that."