Connecticut Huskies Basketball Details
Following up on the success of the 2015-16 season was not in the card for Kevin Ollie’s Connecticut Huskies last year. In 2016-17, the Huskies were just 16-17 (9-9 in the American Athletic Conference) and missed out on the NCAA Tournament. A year removed from a 25-11 record and an NCAA tourney birth, UCONN struggled to find any consistency on the offensive end. The 2017-18 season is shaping up to be a tough one as well, considering that the team lost four seniors including guard Rodney Purvis who averaged nearly 14 points a game last season. Forward Kentan Facey also graduated after a respectable season where he averaged 8.5 points and 7.1 rebounds per contest. Center Amida Brimah and reserve Mike Noyes round out the senior departures. Forward Vance Jackson transferred to New Mexico, which means the Huskies lose out on a strong, four-year player.
The good news for UCONN is that guard Jalen Adams is returning for his junior year after a stellar season where he averaged 14.4 points and 6.1 assists. Guard Christian Vital will work with Adams in the backcourt. Vital averaged 9.1 points a year ago. Terry Larrier, after missing most the 16-17 season with a torn ACL, will hopefully come back strong and ready to play, as much of the team’s tournament hopes hinge on him. Before his injury last season, he was averaging 13.5 points and 5.0 rebounds per game.