Hitting the Links, 4/25

Ronald Martinez

One full week of link posts complete. Enjoy!

Men's Basketball

UConn, Duke to Play This Season

"The game, to be played at Izod Center, would add to a loaded non-conference slate for both programs."

Boatright, Daniels: Should They Stay or Should They Go?

"Now it's decision time again. Boatright and Daniels must decide by Sunday whether to test the NBA Draft, or to come back to UConn for their senior seasons. The decision could come down any moment now."

Sportzedge: Meet Danny Hamilton, UConn's top men's basketball recruit for 2014

"Hamilton comes from a long line of talent, as brother Jordan starred at Texas and now plays in the NBA with the Houston Rockets. Another brother, Gary, played for Miami (FL) last season, and brother Isaac redshirted at UCLA last year and will be a freshman there this season."

Brimah to Have Shoulder Surgery, Duke Game Close

"UConn released a statement: "While the condition was not severe enough to warrant surgery during the season, following a recent MRI, it was determined that it would be the best course of treatment to fully alleviate the problem."'

Boneyard: 2015 C Elijah Thomas Adds UConn to His List

"A few months back Thomas cut his list down to ten so it would be more manageable for him and his family to deal with and UConn was nowhere on that list. However, things have changed and now coach Ollie has gotten UConn onto the elite big mans list."

Football

Hartford Courant: Phillips Won't Play for UConn, Might Be Headed Back to BC

"The four-star recruit from New Jersey committed to BC out of high school and played in four games for the Eagles in 2010 before transferring to UConn, where he had to sit out the 2011 season per NCAA transfer rules."

CT Post's Kevin Duffy: UConn fan behind effort for Jasper Howard monument

"There's a mission, headed by Lowry and former UConn wide receiver Kashif Moore, to have a Jasper Howard monument in Rentschler Field by next fall's homecoming, which will mark five years since the cornerback was murdered during an on-campus scuffle. "

Hartford Courant's Desmond Connor: Recruits Seem to Like Diaco's Frankness

"Everybody up there at UConn was just so straight forward with the process," said Kevin Murphy, a 6-foot-2, 270-pound defensive end from West Chester (Pa.) East High... "How Coach Diaco came out and presented himself was like, 'listen, we're recruiting you but we want the guys that want to be here. We're not going to be here selling things to you guys. We're going to sell to you what we have to offer and if you like it, great, c'mon aboard and if it's not this isn't the place for you.' That direct approach had a real impact on me and my family."

Bill Connolly Football Preview: Tulane

Bill Connolly Football Preview: Memphis

Bill Connolly is a writer for SBNation.com and Football Outsiders who does an incredible job evaluating college football teams. You will know more than you ever wanted to know about these teams and he will continue to preview the AAC in the coming weeks

Women's Basketball

UConn Huskies lead the women's basketball Top 10 for 2014-15

"UConn completed its fifth undefeated championship season in program history (1994-95, 2001-02, 2008-09 and 2009-10 squads) and its third in six seasons. The ominous news for opponents? The Huskies could also go undefeated again next year."

NBC Connecticut: Dolson's Big Day with Jimmy Fallon

"On Tuesday, Dolson got the news Fallon wanted her on the show, and Wednesday she hopped in a van to head to New York for a taping of the show."

Around the Conn

UConn Softball Downs UMass, 4-2

Men's Track and Field Primed for Penn Relays

Baseball: Four-Run Eighth Leads UConn Past Quinnipiac, 5-2

Women's Lacrosse: GK Shannon Nee Tabbed Conference Player of the Week

General Interest

Duke should be even better next year

You mean they might make it to the round of 32?!

Will NCAA's Big 5 reform be enough to save amateurism?

"The organization is willing to allow schools to give their athletes enough money to cover the true costs of university educations. It's willing to make a whole list of reforms. It's even willing to relax its rules governing agents."

Where does the college athlete union movement go from here?

"the unionization effort will still have wide-ranging effects on college sports, and the buildup has been nothing if not controversial. We'll take you through what the future holds, as well as the arguments from both sides of the debate leading up to the vote."

NBA Draft Collusion is Trouble for NCAA

Longform: The Athlete Advocate

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