Jalen Adams debuted a new look in UConn men’s basketball’s win over Manhattan, sporting a white headband and short sleeves. The result? Adams had one of his worst performances in a Husky uniform, scoring just two points on 1-4 shooting.
Thoughts on the Look
Connolly: I wasn’t a fan of the it from the start, it just seemed...off. It did give Adams an old-school look, like he was a player from the mid-1990’s, so it wasn’t all bad. I would’ve been fine with it continuing and could’ve gotten behind it if Adams played well, but its hard to argue with the results. The vibes are not good with the headband.
Madigan: I'm not going to lie, I really like the look. I’m a little surprised we don't see it more in basketball. It seems like headbands weren't exactly encouraged during the Calhoun era, so maybe that's why I haven't seen them too much. Adams certainly didn't play well but I'm hoping the headband makes an appearance Tuesday night.
Which Current Player Could Rock a Headband Best?
Connolly: I could’ve sworn Josh Carlton has worn a headband in the past, but I can’t seem to find any evidence of such. He could’ve definitely pull it off and Mamadou Diarra’s energy would be boosted by some headwear as well. But the answer is Alterique Gilbert. His speed, quickness and burst just screams headband.
Madigan: I think it has to be Sidney Wilson or Carlton aside from Adams. They've got the hairstyle to make it work.
Should Jalen Try It Again?
Connolly: Absolutely not. Wrap that headband in a white cloth and bury it deep in the woods as to get rid of all the bad vibes that came with it. Things have been going (mostly) smoothly in Dan Hurley’s first season and we don’t need something as small as a headband to throw it all off before conference play even begins.
Madigan: Yes. Look good, feel good, play good. It didn't work out Saturday night, but if Adams wants to keep wearing it, it certainly can't hurt. He’s primed for a bounce-back game against Drexel whether he wears the headband or not.