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)
Earlier this month, there was a report that Enosch Wolf, the 7-1 center from Germany, wouldn't be returning to the Huskies. This spring, the program gave his scholarship to transfer Lasan Kromah, although coach Kevin Ollie said Wolf would be welcome as a walk-on. Instead, Wolf signed with a German professional team, but in a conversation with the Hartford Courant, the center says he holds no ill will toward UConn, where he was part of a national championship team in 2011.
“Of course, I am angry and disappointed and the way things ended at UConn, but that anger or disappointment doesn’t go against any particular person, just against the whole situation," Wolf told the Courant's Dom Amore via email. "I understand the decisions that have been made and I have to live with it. So there are no hard feelings between me and any people at UConn and everything is Okay, I’ll be following the team as a fan now.”
As for why Wolf opted to sign with a German pro team instead of return to school, it came down to economics.
“My first option, and what I would have loved to do was to come back to UConn, no matter how," he said. "But the financial burden that came with me being a walk on was too much of a risk for me and my family, I think that’s understandable. So as much as I disliked the idea not going back to UConn i had to live with it.
"My second step was to transfer, but sitting out was not an option for me either, so we worked on getting a waiver [from the NCAA]. I worked really close with Gonzaga on getting that done. But as time went by, nothing really changed and more and more teams here in Germany approached me."
And now it appears that Wolf's basketball future is with the Telekom Baskets Bonn, where he admits he doesn't know much about his new teammates or coaches. At the end of the day, however, it's still basketball.
"Bonn has a tradition for being one of the top teams in Germany," Wolf said. "We will play in the first [premier] league here and also international basketball in the Euro Cup. I am super excited to compete on this level and I am looking forward to the challenge.”