Hello Husky fans, hope you had a great Fourth of July weekend. I know I did. The entire District of Columbia knows that I did.
Today we're doing a few quick hits on some relevant news and info to help catch you up after the holiday weekend.
UConn's Head Soccer Coach hits the nail on the head. We have enough solid players, the US needs creative playmakers.
Another chance to #BEATBC this year!
Pedro DeBrito was one of the best soccer players in UConn history, he helped lead the Huskies to their first National Championship in 1981.
I actually feel like with all the excitement surrounding Purvis, Hamilton and Sophomore Terrance Samuel, that Cassell is being slightly overlooked. I think he'll bring a really solid element to next years UConn team and be a key contributor for three years in Storrs.
You may or may not be pleased with the ratings of the Football recruiting Class of 2015. Just know that Diaco and co. aren't looking at them at all and they aren't the end all be all.
Don't spend it all in once place, AAC!
New Huskies in the NBA
Shabazz Napier had a rough go in his first NBA Summer League game for the Heat in Orlando. He started off very cold shooting from the floor and had a few too many turnovers. He recovered towards the end though and finished with 12 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists.
In post-game interviews he mentioned that he would watch a lot of film, tighten up his focus and come out better against Brooklyn. He did exactly that. Finishing with 17 points on 6-12 shooting, 7 assists, 4 rebounds and this gem:
The Summer League is supposed to be a learning experience, so no need to make express judgments either way after only two games for Napier. It is encouraging, though, to see him improve after a shaky start.
I'm sure you've seen the rumors that Cleveland is now a leader in the race for LeBron James' talents. ESPN et al have over-analyzed the crap out of these unsubstantiated rumors but there's one angle they haven't looked at. One that only UConn fans probably even care about.
What would happen to Napier if LeBron leaves Miami for Cleveland? It's no secret that Miami drafted him hoping to appease James and keep him in South Beach. If he leaves, perhaps we'll find out what Heat management really thought of our star point guard by whether or not they seek to move him immediately.
We have a few other guys trying to make it, but unfortunately it looks like all three of them face much greater odds than Napier. There are reports floating around that DeAndre Daniels might end up playing in Europe for at least a year. It's too bad he will be shipped overseas instead of getting that necessary year of development at UConn under Coach KO. He'll get paid this year from someone, so good for him. Hopefully it all works out- the Raptors new GM is a smart guy so I believe.
Lasan Kromah and Niels Giffey are in Orlando with Napier for the Summer League, but have yet to play a minute for the Nets or Grizzlies, respectively. Giffey is reportedly close to signing with a team in Germany.
New SB Nation Blog and Writing Opportunities
We've bumped a fanpost announcing the newest SB Nation Blog, covering college football for the SunBelt, Conference USA, and our own American Athletic Conference. I will be helping out on AAC coverage, but we're looking for writers. Anyone interested can inquire to me (firstname.lastname@example.org) or directly to email@example.com
This would also be a good opportunity to share that here at The UConn Blog we are always interested in adding writers as well. If you happen to have interest in covering football, basketball, soccer, recruiting or hockey for us let me know!