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Hitting the Links: 5/15 - UConn Football in the Pros, Basketball Recruiting, Barnes notches first win

All the important news from Storrs.

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Basketball


"I remember [Terrence] Samuel, he did something wrong and he got subbed out," Diarra said. "And coach [Kevin] Ollie said, 'You can't do stuff like that, you've got to believe in yourself. I believe in you.' When I heard that, I felt, wow, that was a pretty good thing to say. … He was encouraging him."


Sterling Gibbs, a star guard out of Seton Hall is looking to find a new home. The six potential landings are Pittsburgh, Ohio State, Baylor, N.C. State, VCU and UConn. A disappointing season from Seton Hall, and reported locker room issues, sent Gibbs packing. Gibbs would be a massive addition to next years UConn team as they try to bounce back after a disappointing season of their own.


Last week, three UConn student athletes were honored by the American Athletic Conference for outstanding Academic performance. The three students are Pat Lenehan, a guard on the men's basketball team, Amy Christensen a member of the women's volleyball team, and men's swimming and diving's Sawyer Franz.

USA Basketball Tryouts Feature Heavy Dose Of UConn - Hartford Courant
Several players affiliated with UConn will try out for USA basketball.


Football


The Ottawa RedBlacks have drafted Alex Mateas a Center who has started every game for the Huskies the past two seasons. Mateas, an Ottawa native, Mateas is the seventh Husky to be drafted in the CFL since 2000, the last being Jesse Joseph in 2013.


"He's a freak athlete. He has tremendous hands. He never lets that ball bobble,...I definitely see him out going up with the receivers for contested balls and bringing them down. He can jump with the best of them. He just seems like he's super athletic and willing to learn. I'm excited for him."


A sixth round selection for the New York Giants has already been compared to a Super Bowl hero. Geremy Davis may not play much wide receiver early on in New York, but he will have chances on special teams and ,like David Tyree, isn't afraid to do the dirty work. Tyree earned a roster spot by performing  on special teams. This is a path Geremy Davis hopes to follow.

UConnReport.com - UConn offers 2017 OL originally from Sweden
"His football journey has taken him from Florida to Idaho to Connecticut's Cheshire Academy, where he will continue his studies and his football career next year."


Baseball


Former UConn star pitcher, Matt Barnes earned his first ever MLB victory on Monday night. Barnes has pitched for the Boston Red Sox most of the year. On Monday he pitched two strong innings allowing a Mark Canha's leadoff walk in the bottom of the 10th, but Barnes would recover in route to his first ever MLB win.

UConn Visits No. 19 Houston For Three To Close Regular Season - UCONNHUSKIES.COM

Baseball Falls In Extras At No. 19 Houston, 5-4

The Huskies lost the first one in a heartbreaker last night in extra innings. They still have a chance to make a statement going into the AAC Tournament!


Misc.


The big man in charge of Connecticut Huskies athletics just won Athletic Director of the Year. UConn has won six championships under his short three year watch. Manuel has helped fundraise a new training facility for basketball and get a $8 million dollar donation for a new soccer stadium.

UConn-do attitude: Second-year collegian, former Yorba Linda softballer Townsend is now an indispensable Husky - The Orange County Register
Townsend now begins the off-season with strengths to fortify and weaknesses to scuttle. No stranger to the grind, she’s savoring every moment.

Ray Reid To Receive 2015 Jim Calhoun Community Service Award - UCONNHUSKIES.COM - The Official Website of the University of Connecticut Huskies

UConn men's soccer coach Ray Reid will receive the 2015 Jim Calhoun Community Service Award at the 30th Annual Franciscan Sports Banquet, which takes place on Tuesday, June 2 from 5:30-9:30 p.m. at the Aqua Turf Club in Plantsville, Conn.


GO HUSKIES!!!