Things seem to be slowly falling into to place for Kevin Ollie's Huskies -- at least off the court. They're currently on a two-game losing streak, but the first-year coach got a contract extension late last month and he landed his first commitment last week from big man Amida Brimah. He joins the two other members of the class of 2013: guard Terrence Samuel and big man Kentan Facey.
The Hartford Courant's Dom Amore sat down with Ollie recently to ask him about Samuel and Facey, two players who could have a big impact on the program in the very near future.
“Terrence is going to be a solid guard for us," Ollie told Amore. "He’s a big guard, 6-foot-3 and 200 pounds and chiseled as a rock. He makes people around him better. He’s a great passer, great vision, gets people open shots. And he’s got a great smile, great enthusiasm about the game. He’s not going to be a guy who come in here and dazzles you -- one and done, he’s not that. But kind of like me, he’ll just matriculate his way through the system, and continue to get better. I think the sky’s the limit for the kid, because he works exceptionally hard.”
Facey, meanwhile, would give the Huskies something they've lacked this season: a dominating inside presence.
“Kentan Facey has just got a relentless motor. He loves the game and it shows every time you see him out on the court. The energy he exudes, playing with passion, running and diving and talking -- everything you want in a big. He has an upside on the offensive end. If he comes in and works on his body and gets bigger, he can make some money playing basketball after he’s done playing here. I love the kid, love talking to him and everything about him.”
If all goes well, Samuel, Facey and Brimah will all be in Storrs this summer in preparation for the 2013-14 season.