TheRoundUp 8/9: UConn picks up commitment from Kentan Facey

Long Island Lutheran's Kentan Facey picks UConn - NYPOST.com
One Division I coach familiar with Facey thinks he can make an impact at UConn, initially as a rebounder and shot-blocker -- his greatest strengths -- and eventually on the offensive end. Right now, his best asset is his ability to run the floor. "He has great athleticism and competes against bigger and stronger guys," the coach said. "There aren’t many players who have taken as big of a jump in levels as Facey. He figured it out very quickly."

Surgeon: Hip fracture not likely to stop UConn's Jim Calhoun from coaching - College Basketball News | FOX Sports on MSN
UConn spokesman Phil Chardis said in an email on Monday that doctors were very pleased with how the surgery went, and noted that the surgery involved a repair, not a hip replacement. Dr. Stephen Hunt, an orthopedic surgeon at Atlantic Sports Health at Morristown Medical Center in NJ, wasn't involved in the operation. But Hunt said Monday that it typically takes about 8 to 12 weeks for the bone in a hip repair to heal. ''It might impact the start of this season,'' Hunt said. ''That's three months. That gives him adequate time to heal, but he may have some residual symptoms, some weakness or a little discomfort that persists in October.''

uconn football defensive tackle Shamar Stephen Hurt - Hartford Courant
A day before its first practice in full pads, UConn lost big defensive tackle and likely starter Shamar Stephen for an unspecified period on Monday. Coach Paul Pasqualoni confirmed after practice Tuesday that Stephen had sprained his right knee. Stephen, often referred to by teammates as the biggest human they've ever seen (he's 6 feet 5, 317 pounds), was scheduled for an MRI late Tuesday for a more accurate assessment.

Rangers' Mike Olt Building Confidence In Majors - Hartford Courant
The Rangers have All-Star Adrian Beltre at third base. They tried Olt at first base, right field and DH. On Aug. 3 they promoted him to the majors and are starting him against left-handed pitchers. He went 1-for-3 in his first game and knocked in two runs in his second start. He made a throwing error that cost Texas in his third start, and came out early for more infield work the next day. "He's very professional," said Josh Hamilton, the Rangers' one-time MVP. "He does what he's supposed to do, you don't hear much out of him. He fits right in. … It's just a matter of understanding you have as much ability as all these other guys, and more than most, but you just don't have the experience yet. He's going to be up here a long time."

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