Connecticut's Enosch Wolf (1) looks to pass the ball as Seton Hall's Ryan Smyth looks on during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, in Newark, N.J. Connecticut won 78-67. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)
Enosch Wolf, the 7-1 center from Germany who was arrested in February after an altercation with a female student, can return to the UConn basketball team, but it won't be on scholarship. After the charges were dropped in April, the university reinstated Wolf, who averaged 3.4 points and 3.4 rebounds in limited action last season.
Coach Kevin Ollie spoke about Wolf's situation over the weekend, noting that Wolf was back in Germany.
"We’re waiting for his decision, what he’s going to do. He has options of transferring, getting a pro contract or coming back to our school -- without having a scholarship available. We’ll just wait and see what he does and we’ll support him all the way. He’s made tremendous strides doing the different programs that he went through. Hopefully when he’s back in that situation he reacts in a different way and it’s a different outcome. I think it will be. He’s a tremendous young man.”
The Hartford Courant's Dom Amore writes that the school still hasn't heard from Wolf.
I’m hearing, from Wolf’s camp, that he’ll decide in about two weeks whether to enroll at UConn and play as a walk-on, or move on -- transfer or perhaps try to sign as a pro in Germany. It would cost him between $45,000 and $50,000 to attend UConn as a senior, so it’s unlikely, but not impossible, that he will come back.
The Huskies have four recruits -- three freshmen (Kentan Facey, Terrence Samuel, Amida Brimah) and one transfer (Lasan Kromah) -- joining the program this summer, and the reality is that Wolf would likely see less playing time in 2013-14. As Amore points out, that, coupled with Wolf having to pay his own way, makes his return to Storrs prohibitive.