Incoming freshmen Kentan Facey and Amida Brimah spent the weekend competing in the Greater Hartford Pro-Am and the Hartford Courant's Dom Amore was there. The Huskies enter the 2013-14 season with an experienced team but one that lacks depth. Which means that Facey and Brimah could both see plenty of playing time. For now, though, they're just getting accustomed to their new surroundings as they begin their college journey.
Steve Sobel, who coaches Facey on the Pauly Chute Slamm team, sees a lot of DeAndre Daniels in Facey.
“He reminds me of Daniels in terms of the rawness and development,” Sobel said via the Courant. “He’s got to keep working to raise his basketball IQ. He’s going to be a good offensive rebounder. He’s a good player for UConn’s system.”
Brimah, who played alongside Kemba Walker and A.J. Price for Team Kirks, scored 11 points and pulled eight rebounds.
“I see a lot of good potential in him,” Price said, “he has good hands, good feet and he listens, most importantly. He’s going to go right along with the other bigs who’ve come from UConn. Defensively, he can move his feet, block shots. He’s still got a ways to go offensively.”
Facey is 6-9 and Brimah is 6-10, and both are athletic, active and, ultimately, raw.
“It was a good experience,” said Facey, 6-9, who grew up in Jamaica and played at Long Island Lutheran. “I’m playing against bigger, older guys, they’re more physical, more experienced. That’s going to be a major part it for me. I have to adapt to that and it will carry right into the season.”