Connecticut Rumors & News

  • Center Zach Brown And UConn Basketball Officially Cut Ties

    Hartford Courant "Zach Brown, the 7-foot center from Miami and one of the top recruits in the Class of 2017, will not be coming to UConn. Brown, who committed to UConn in January but was later released from Putnam Science Academy, will be parting ways with UConn by mutual agreement, according to Scout.com's Evan..." May 05

  • Renewing A Great Rivalry: UConn Men Will Play Syracuse At Madison Square Garden Dec. 5

    Hartford Courant "The UConn-Syracuse men's basketball rivalry has been renewed. There will be a game between the Huskies and Orange at Madison Square Garden in New York on Dec. 5. And they could make this a regular event. The schools, longtime rivals in the old Big East, have been talking about playing as..." May 04

  • UConn Lands Guard Christian Vital; Convinced After Kevin Ollie Says He's Staying Put

    Hartford Courant "UConn landed another recruit, adding to its already highly rated incoming freshman class. Shooting guard Christian Vital tweeted his intention to join the Huskies on Friday. "New England you stuck with [me] through my hardships and struggles I'm glad I have the chance to repay you," Vital..." April 29

  • Former UConn big man Tyler Olander working out with Toronto Blue Jays

    Sportzedge "Tyler Olander has more national championships than Jim Boeheim. Let’s just get that out of the way. When the two-time national champ (2011 and 2014) broke his right foot while playing professionally in Spain this past winter, he figured he might have accomplished everything that he could have..." April 28

  • Kevin Ollie: UConn coach "intrigued" by Los Angeles Lakers job

    UPI "Connecticut men's basketball coach Kevin Ollie is a producer of immediate success. In his second season as Huskies coach, he led the team to a national title. Now the 43-year-old is intrigued about coaching one of the NBA's most storied franchises, according to the Los Angeles Daily..." April 26

  • Report: Rodney Purvis Latest UConn Player To Declare For Draft

    Hartford Courant "Rodney Purvis will join teammates Daniel Hamilton and Amida Brimah and test his viability for the NBA draft. Purvis, UConn's top scorer last season, is not expected to hire an agent right away, which would preserve his option to return next season. However, Purvis, who has been in college four..." April 01

  • Kansas impresses while upending UConn

    The Sports Xchange "DES MOINES, Iowa -- Kansas secured its spot in this year's Sweet 16 by picking up its 16th consecutive win on Saturday, as the top-seeded Jayhawks defeated ninth-seeded Connecticut, 73-61, in the second round of the NCAA Tournament's South Regional held at Wells Fargo Arena. Nearly from the..." March 20

  • Connecticut 72, Memphis 58

    The Sports Xchange "After missing out in 2015 and not having the chance to defend their 2014 championship, the Connecticut Huskies are headed back to the NCAA Tournament. The Huskies (24-10) dominated for most of the game, five players scored in double figures, to win the American Athletic Conference title,..." March 13

  • Connecticut 77, Temple 62

    The Sports Xchange "Forward Daniel Hamilton's 19-point, 11-rebound effort pushed fifth-seeded Connecticut past top-seeded Temple 77-62 on Saturday at Amway Center in Orlando, Fla., earning a berth in the American Athletic Conference Tournament title game. Forward Shonn Miller added 19 points for the Huskies..." March 12

  • UConn 67, UCF 46

    The Sports Xchange "Perhaps inching closer to an NCAA Tournament berth, UConn beat Central Florida 67-46 Sunday afternoon at Gampel Pavilion in Storrs, Conn., in the regular-season finale for both teams. Forward Daniel Hamilton led UConn (21-10, 11-7 American) with 12 points despite playing just 17 minutes...." March 06

  • No. 24 SMU tops UConn, stays tied for AAC lead

    The Sports Xchange "DALLAS -- SMU stayed in position to win its second consecutive American Athletic Conference regular-season title thanks to an 80-54 dismantling of Connecticut on Thursday at Moody Coliseum. No. 24 SMU (25-4, 13-4) is tied with Temple for the AAC lead with one game remaining. Although Temple..." March 04

  • Houston 75, Connecticut 68

    The Sports Xchange "Damyean Dotson scored 12 of his 22 points in the second half, including a 3-pointer with 1:08 remaining, as Houston defeated Connecticut 75-68 on Sunday at Gampel Pavilion in Storrs, Conn. The Cougars (21-8, 11-6) outscored UConn 16-9 after the game was tied at 59 with 5:45 to play. Earlier..." February 28

  • Connecticut 81, USF 51

    The Sports Xchange "Guard Rodney Purvis scored 18 points as Connecticut crushed USF 81-51 on Thursday in Tampa, Fla. Forward Shonn Miller recorded 16 points and seven rebounds for the Huskies (20-8, 10-5 American Athletic), who are tied for third in the conference - one game behind Temple and SMU. Freshman..." February 25

  • Cincinnati 65, Connecticut 60

    The Sports Xchange "Cincinnati took control early and held Connecticut to nine points in the first 10 minutes of the second half to beat the Huskies 65-60 on Saturday afternoon in American Athletic Conference play at Fifth Third Arena in Cincinnati. Forward Gary Clark and guard Jacob Evans III led the Bearcats..." February 20

  • Brimah, UConn take down No. 21 SMU

    The Sports Xchange "HARTFORD, Conn. -- Eight weeks after surgery to repair the broken middle finger on his right hand, Connecticut junior center Amida Brimah decided it was time to play without the protective tape. Chances are the tape is gone for the rest of this season. Brimah scored 16 points, grabbed eight..." February 18

  • Connecticut 75, Tulsa 73

    The Sports Xchange "STORRS, Conn. -- Junior guard Rodney Purvis hit a running jump shot with 42.8 seconds left and forward Daniel Hamilton and guard Sterling Gibbs combined to make six consecutive free throws in the final 24 seconds as Connecticut held off Tulsa 75-73 on Saturday night in an American Athletic..." February 13

  • Five-star junior center Zach Brown commits to UConn

    USA Today "Zach Brown, a 7-foot five-star center from Miami (Fla.) Senior, committed to Connecticut on Wednesday. The news was first reported by ESPN.com’s Reggie Rankin. The decision comes after Brown made a second unofficial visit to campus on Tuesday. Brown’s guard Michael Lippman told Rivals.com:..." January 20

  • UConn's Amida Brimah Out Six To Eight Weeks With Broken Finger

    Hartford Courant "Amida Brimah broke a finger on his right hand in practice Monday and UConn will be without him for six to eight weeks. "Amida is one of the best defensive players in the country, so obviously not having him will have a big impact on us," coach Kevin Ollie said. "But you never know when somebody..." December 24

  • Amida Brimah sits out with testicular contusion

    The Middletown Press "For the first time in 84 games, Amida Brimah was in street clothes on the bench for UConn’s win over UMass-Lowell on Sunday. Brimah, the 7-foot junior center, sustained a testicular contusion late in the Huskies’ win over Ohio State on Dec. 12 and still wasn’t ready to go on Sunday. It’s not..." December 21

  • Four-star forward Vance Jackson commits to UConn

    Sporting News - NCAAB "Four-star forward Vance Jackson announced Friday that he will play for the Connecticut Huskies. Jackson is ranked 51st in the class of 2016, according to 247 Sports. He plays at St. John Bosco High School, the same place UConn shooting guard Daniel Hamilton played. “We are like brothers,”..." October 19

  • UConn commit Juwan Durham tears ACL a second time

    Tampa Bay Times "Tampa Prep senior Juwan Durham, a 6-foot-10 power forward, will miss the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee for the second time in seven months. Durham's latest injury happened in early September, days after the prized recruit announced his commitment to..." October 13

  • UConn's Kevin Ollie showing he can win recruiting battles

    CBS Sports "Many people including myself wondered how UConn coach Kevin Ollie would do on the recruiting trail following Jim Calhoun and the plethora of pros that he lured to UConn during his Hall-of-Fame career, but the former NBA point guard has answered the bell with flying colors. After dominating the..." September 03

  • Four-star forward Juwan Durham commits to UConn

    SI "Four-star power forward Juwan Durham verbally committed to UConn, he announced on Tuesday. Rivals.com rates the Tampa Prep (Fla.) star No. 27 overall in the 2016 class. The 6'9" Durham visited the UConn campus over the weekend and came away impressed enough to pledge his services to head coach..." September 01

  • PG Alterique Gilbert, top 25 in Class of 2016, commits to UConn

    CBS Sports "Alterique Gilbert, a top-25 prospect in the Class of 2016, has committed to Connecticut, he told CBSSports.com on Saturday morning. The 6-foot-1 point guard joins VCU transfer Terry Larrier and top-100 big man Mamadou Diarra (6-8, Woodstock Academy) in the Huskies' 2016 class. "I picked..." July 04

  • UConn Transfer G Terrence Samuel Commits to Penn State

    Black Shoe Diaries "He'll have to sit out this upcoming season, but Samuel brings national championship experience to State College. Pat Chambers recruited Terrence Samuel out of high school, but with his offer sheet, it made sense that he ended up at UConn. With a second chance, Chambers was able to seal the deal..." July 02

  • VCU transfer Terry Larrier chooses Connecticut over Maryland, other schools

    Baltimore Sun "After signing five-star prospect Diamond Stone in April and getting a commitment from Duke transfer Rasheed Sulaimon earlier this month, Maryland men's basketball coach Mark Turgeon’s hot streak was finally stopped Thursday. Terry Larrier, a 6-foot-7 forward who announced plans to transfer from..." May 28

  • Mamadou Diarra, Connecticut Prep Star, Picks UConn

    Hartford Courant "Mamadou Diarra, the 6-foot-8 power forward who has made a name at Putnam Science Academy, announced his intention on Friday to attend UConn in 2016. "UConn is the school I always had in mind," Diarra said. "Coach Ollie and I have a great relationship. He's the coach I want to play..." May 22

  • Ex-Seton Hall guard Sterling Gibbs transfers to Connecticut

    CBS Sports "Ex-Seton Hall guard Sterling Gibbs, possibly the No. 1 transfer left on the market, has officially decided to take his talents to Connecticut. This ends what was apparently a rather well-known dance over the course of the past few weeks. It was reported initially a couple of weeks ago by Andrew..." May 17

  • Guard Terrence Samuel Is Second UConn Player To Transfer

    Hartford Courant "With the remaking of UConn's roster in progress, guard Terrence Samuel has decided to move on. Samuel, who played a key role as a freshman in the Huskies' 2014 championship, asked for his transfer and the school granted his release, UConn announced Thursday. "Terrence has been a player who..." May 08

  • Thunder interested in Florida and UConn — and it has nothing to do with players

    The Oklahoman "And neither school has a player that is expected to be drafted. That didn’t stop the Thunder general manager and other team executives from traveling to both campuses on multiple occasions this season for what some believe were trips to scout Billy Donovan and Kevin Ollie. Both have been..." April 28

  • Kevin Ollie telling those close to him he's staying at UConn

    ESPN "Connecticut men's basketball coach Kevin Ollie has told those close to him on campus that he is staying at the school, despite the current vacancy with the Oklahoma City Thunder, sources told ESPN's Andy Katz on Thursday. Earlier Thursday, CBSSports.com reported that Ollie had removed himself..." April 24

  • Billy Donovan, Kevin Ollie Emerge As Serious Candidates For Thunder

    Real GM Basketball "Billy Donovan is believed to be a serious candidate to replace Scott Brooks as head coach of the Oklahoma City Thunder. Brian Windhorst of ESPN reports that Donovan recently worked on background research on Kevin Durant. Durant will become an unrestricted free agent in 2016." April 22

  • Kevin Ollie spurning NBA to stay at UConn: 'No plans to pursue other opportunities'

    The Score "UConn head coach Kevin Ollie is being courted by the NBA for the second year in a row, and for the second year in a row he's electing to stay in Hartford. Ollie released the following statement in response to a plethora of coaching rumors Wednesday, via Matt Zampini of The Daily Campus. As I..." April 22

  • Thunder Considering Kevin Ollie As Replacement For Scott Brooks

    Real GM Basketball "Kevin Ollie is being "seriously considered" by the Oklahoma City Thunder for their head coaching job. Scott Brooks has been head coach of the Thunder since the 08-09 season when he replaced P.J. Carlesimo. Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the Thunder are considering making a change from Brooks." April 20

  • Cornell transfer Shonn Miller picks UConn

    CBS Sports "Cornell transfer Shonn Miller has committed to Connecticut. Since Miller graduated, he is eligible to play next season." April 19

  • UConn Says Ollie, Assistants Won't Travel To Indy For Final Four

    Hartford Courant "Kevin Ollie and UConn's assistant coaches will not be traveling to Indiana for the Final Four, or related activities this week. UConn President Susan Herbst announced the decision on Tuesday night, in response to Indiana's controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act, and the travel ban for..." April 01

  • For Boatright, It Just Wasn't Worth The Risk

    Hartford Courant "f this had been the NCAA Tournament, Ryan Boatright would have played. If UConn hadn't been so maddeningly inconsistent this season, or if the Huskies had somehow run off four wins in four days in the AAC Tournament, yes, Boatright would have shouldered all the responsibility Wednesday..." March 19

  • UConn loses reserve guard Sam Cassell Jr. to stress fracture in right tibia

    The Day "Good thing UConn has depth in the backcourt. The Huskies should be able to survive the temporary loss of reserve Sam Cassell Jr., who'll be sidelined for about two weeks with a stress fracture in his right tibia. The injury has been an issue for Cassell, who's now on crutches. He made the..." January 29

  • Ryan Boatright has ankle sprain, uncertain if he'll play Friday vs. Yale

    CBS Sports "UConn star guard Ryan Boatright does not have any broken bones in his left foot or ankle, according to a release from the school Tuesday afternoon. Boatright injured himself on the penultimate play of Sunday's 55-54 home loss against Texas. The senior is considered the team leader and has..." December 02

  • UConn star Ryan Boatright sprains ankle, leaves on crutches

    CBS Sports "UConn senior star guard Ryan Boatright badly sprained his left ankle in the closing seconds of UConn's 55-54 home loss to Texas (6-0). Boatright spoke to the media afterward, his left ankle heavily wrapped in ice. There is no timetable as of now for his return, but a UConn spokesman told..." December 01

  • 2015, 2016 Maui fields set: UNC, UCLA, UConn, Kansas, Indiana involved

    CBS Sports "As is custom, the Maui Invitational has announced its future fields on the day its event begins. One of the most prestigious November tournaments in college basketball, which is now 31 years old, started Monday. And we now know the next two years worth of fields that will unfold on the Big..." November 24

  • Reserve big man one of four UConn players suspended for violation of team rules

    College Basketball Talk "No. 17 UConn will be shorthanded when they take on West Virginia in the championship game of the Puerto Rico Tipoff Sunday night, as four players have been suspended for a violation of team rules according to multiple media outlets. Omar Calhoun, Dan Guest, Marcel Lewis and Rakim Lubin are the..." November 24

  • Rodney Purvis Suspended One Game, Will Sit Out UConn Opener

    Hartford Courant "Rodney Purvis will miss UConn's opener against Bryant because of an NCAA infraction involving summer league participation. Purvis, a redshirt sophomore who transferred from N.C. State, participated in more than one summer league, playing in games back home in Raleigh, N.C., and in the Greater..." November 15

  • UConn's Omar Calhoun To Miss At Least A Week With MCL Sprain

    Hartford Courant "Omar Calhoun has a sprained right knee and will be out for a week or so, UConn said. Calhoun injured his knee during practice on Sunday and was seen wearing a brace during the Huskies' scrimmage on Monday, which was open to students. He had an MRI on the knee on Monday night, which revealed a..." October 28

  • Norwalk’s Steven Enoch verbally commits to UConn

    Sportzedge "UConn’s front line just got a little more formidable. Norwalk High School power forward and National Top 100 recruit Steven Enoch has verbally committed to the school, and announced his decision on Sunday via Twitter. Enoch made his official visit to UConn over the weekend, and was impressed..." September 16

  • Judge rules against NCAA in revolutionary O'Bannon case

    ESPN "In a landmark decision, a federal judge ruled Friday that the NCAA is in violation of the nation's antitrust laws by restricting the compensation that major college football and men's basketball student-athletes can receive for use of their names, images and likenesses. U.S. District Court..." August 08

  • UConn's Rodney Purvis Set To Show Huskies What He's Got

    Hartford Courant "Rodney Purvis couldn't put on the UConn jersey and play in games last season, so he had to make each behind-the-scenes moment count. Late at night, sometimes after midnight, he and Ryan Boatright would walk back to Gampel Pavilion, turn on the lights and go at it, man on man. "Not many..." July 17

  • Jalen Adams announces commitment to UConn

    New Haven Register "UConn has landed a gritty guard out of Roxbury, Massachusetts, with a lot of heart and a knack for hitting clutch shots. Sound familiar? Jalen Adams, a 6-foot-2, Class of 2015 guard who attends Cushing Academy, committed to UConn on Monday morning after taking an unofficial visit to the..." June 30

  • Former UConn star Richard Hamilton on paying college players: 'I would have stayed in school'

    Syracuse.com "Former Connecticut basketball star Richard Hamilton said Thursday that he would have stayed in school for his senior year if college athletes were allowed to be paid by the NCAA. Hamilton said he believes college athletes deserve at least some payment for their role in the college sports..." June 14

  • Sources: Kevin Ollie, UConn Closing In On Deal Near $3 Million

    Hartford Courant "The NBA can wait. Kevin Ollie is staying at UConn. Ollie, who led the Huskies to the national championship in his second season as men's basketball coach, and UConn are putting the finishing touches on a new contract that will more than double his annual income, multiple sources told The..." May 22

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