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Hitting The Links 6/24: Potential Syracuse series, Diaco gets 2016 commitments, Kiah Stokes Nominated for Woman of the Year

Possible Syracuse series ahead, Diaco gets first two commits this week, and Kiah Stokes nominated for Woman of the Year. The latest stories from Storrs.

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Men's Basketball

UConn, Ollie ready to move back to the top

Dick Vitale recently praised Kevin Ollie for the job he has done, emphasizing how Kevin Ollie has faced adversity head on. Coming off a tough season, Ollie did not roll over, or take an NBA job, Ollie battled. With a pair of key transfers now on the team, UConn is in a great position entering the 2015-2016 season.

Hamilton, Brimah, Adams Set To Go Camping

"A trio of UConn men’s basketball players will take their skills to summer camps in California to compete against some outstanding college talent."

Jalen Adams happy about Sterling Gibbs’ arrival at UConn

"When I heard Sterling’s coming here, I talked to Coach (Kevin) Ollie about it," the Roxbury, Massachusetts product said. "He just told me that it was gonna be an opportunity for me to learn. Now that I think about it, it actually is, because this is gonna be his fifth year, he knows what he’s doing. He played at a pretty successful program. Also, I’m rooming with him. So it’ll be a good thing for me to learn and take everything in from him."

UConn Men's Basketball Releases Non-Conference Schedule

"The renewal of a storied rivalry, an appearance at Madison Square Garden, the start of one exciting home-and-home series, the end of another, and a holiday tournament against some of the nation's best programs highlight the 2015-16 UConn men's basketball non-conference schedule, announced today by the school."

Syracuse & UConn Having 'Ongoing Discussions' About Three-Game Series, Per Report

"...the Connecticut Huskies are looking to schedule Syracuse in the non-conference, pushing for three game arcs against Syracuse, St. John's and Villanova. These games would include a home-and-home series with a third game scheduled at a neutral site, Madison Square Garden."

NBA scouts split on whether Ryan Boatright will get drafted

David Borges of The New Haven Register recently spoke to three NBA GM's about Ryan Boatright and his NBA draft prospects. Two of three believe he will be drafted late in the draft because of his fight and aggressiveness.

Women's Basketball

Ohio State women's basketball releases non-conference schedule including UConn, South Carolina, Notre Dame

Not only will the men's team host the Buckeyes, but the women will also host The Ohio State University on November 16th.

School nominees for 2015 Woman of the Year

Kiah Stokes was nominated for the 2015 NCAA Woman of the Year.

UConn Freshmen Samuelson, Collier, Boykin Getting Acclimated

"Katie Lou Samuelson, Napheesa Collier and De'Janae Boykin enter their freshman year at UConn with the advantage of familiarity. They were together again Monday at Geno Auriemma's Fore the Kids golf tournament at the Hartford Golf Club, along with upperclassmen Moriah Jefferson, Gabby Williams and Morgan Tuck."

Stewart Tabbed as One of 12 Finalists for Honda Cup Award

"University of Connecticut women’s basketball rising senior Breanna Stewart (Syracuse, N.Y.) is among 12 finalists for the Honda Cup, set to be announced on Monday, June 29."


ESPN Announces Game Times For Three Mizzou Football Contests

Missouri and UConn will face off at 12:00pm ET on September 19th. This game will be on ESPNU

UConn Football Recruiting: First two commitments come in

"The Huskies received a verbal commitment from 3-star (Rivals and 247Sports) Virginia quarterback Donovan Williams Thursday, making him the first addition to Bob Diaco's Class of 2016." Also, Glastonbury QB Keiyon Dixon has committed to the Huskies. He will play WR at UConn.

Syracuse, Rutgers, Boston College and UConn make top four for St. Peter's Prep's KJ Gray

"Things are starting to wind down for St. Peter's Prep senior KJ Gray. The touted wide receiver informed on Tuesday evening that he has a top four of Rutgers, Syracuse, Boston College and UConn."

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Men's Hockey Announces Incoming Class

"UConn head men's hockey coach Mike Cavanaugh announced that six student-athletes will make up the incoming class for the 2015-16 season.  Freshmen Tage Thompson (Orange, Conn.), Miles Gendron (Shrewsbury, Mass.), Max Kalter (Highland Park, Ill.), Marco Richter (Vienna, Austria) and Karl El-Mir (Montreal, Quebec) and sophomore Tanner Creel (Arlington Heights, Ill.) are set to join the Huskies this fall as the program enters its second season in Hockey East."

Women's Hockey Reveals 2015-16 Schedule

"The UConn women's hockey team has announced a 34-game regular season schedule for the 2015-16 campaign. The Huskies under third-year head coach Chris MacKenzie will play 24 Hockey East contests and 15 home games at the Freitas Ice Forum in the upcoming season."


Cancer-Stricken Joe Morrone Once Again Preparing His Guys

"I've always tried to be honest with them, and I told them I didn't know if I'd see them again," Morrone, who coached UConn from 1969 to 1996, said Saturday. "I wanted to tell them how much I appreciated all they had done."

Reid, UConn Soccer Work To Get Back On Track

Coming off a disappointing campaign, last year Ray Reid is woking to change the state of his program. "I'm the leader. I said, 'I failed the most. My staff failed and you guys failed. We failed all together. Don't let anyone tell you different."